A stye is an inflammation or infection of the eyelid margin. This condition is also called a hordeolum.
A stye is caused by an infection in the oil-producing (sebaceous) or sweat glands in the eyelid. The infection is often caused by bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus.
Styes are more common in children than adults. The following things may increase your child’s risk:
Symptoms can happen a bit differently in each child. The can include:
The symptoms of a stye may be similar to symptoms of other conditions. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Your child’s healthcare provider will ask you about your child’s health history. He or she will also give your child an exam.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
Your child’s treatment may include:
Sometimes, a serious infection can form with a stye. This is called cellulitis. If this happens, your child will need to take oral antibiotics by mouth. Your child’s healthcare provider may prescribe erythromycin or dicloxacillin.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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