It is an acute bacterial infection found in the lid of the eye. This infection is a common condition, and patients often present to their primary care physician or acute care center for evaluation and treatment. The patient usually presents with painful, erythematous inflammation of the eyelid. It usually forms on the eternal eyelid and is commonly referred to as a stye. This condition often lasts one to two weeks and is self-limiting and resolves on its own.
Hordeolum or stye is an infection and inflammation of the oil glands in the eyelids caused by bacteria. Anyone will get a stye for no reason at all. You will not always be able to prevent one. Although it does not endanger vision function, its presence is quite disturbing to comfort and aesthetic. It looks like a tiny pimple or swelling along your eyelash line. It forms a small, round bump or causes your entire eyelid or eye area to swell. It is caused by a bacterial infection which leads to a pus or liquid that will fill the swollen area. Styes are usually also caused by, among other things, dust, dirty hands rubbing the eyes, lack of cleanliness in cleaning makeup used or sometimes related to hormonal factors. It is important to take care of eye health by washing hands before touching the eye area and leaving the habit of rubbing eyes. And if you have contact lenses, clean the lens with the disinfectant cleaning solution. Avoid sleeping while wearing contact lenses or eye makeup. Furthermore, hordeolum lasts for two to five days. In some cases, a stye does not go away, see your doctor or other healthcare provider because a different eye condition will be causing your eye irritation and require treatment. Though they are not contagious, if you do not get treatment, it will spread the bacterial infection to other areas of your own eyelid or eyes.
In any case you need treatment, antibiotics will normally clear up a stye in three days to a week. A healthcare provider will need to prescribe them to you. Tell your doctor immediately if you have blurry vision after getting a stye. This will happen if the eyelid swells so much that it is pressing against your eye. Lastly, you will reduce the risk of a stye by practicing good hygiene.
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