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What is Hordeolum?

Description of the disease

Hordeolum is an inflammatory eyelid condition caused by an infection. It manifests as redness, swelling, and pus in the eyelid area.


  • External hordeolum - inflammation of the hair follicle of the eyelash;
  • Internal hordeolum - inflammation of the meibomian gland.


The main symptoms of hordeolum are redness, swelling, and tenderness in the eyelid area, as well as the formation of a stye.


The most common cause of hordeolum is an infection caused by bacteria. The risk of developing the disease also increases with weakened immune system, stress, lack of sleep, and improper eye care.


Diagnosis of hordeolum is conducted by an ophthalmologist based on examination and patient interview.


Treatment of hordeolum includes the use of antibiotics, anti-inflammatory ointments, and compresses. In some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary.


To prevent hordeolum, it is recommended to properly care for the eyes, strengthen the immune system, and avoid stress and lack of sleep.


If hordeolum is suspected, it is advisable to consult an ophthalmologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.