is the common term used for an acute infection of the hair follicle
or glands at the edge of the eye lid. It is usually caused by the Staphylococcus
germ. The correct medical term is HORDEOLUM.These are very common in
children, in those with chronic lid infections,diabetics, and sometimes
in debilitated patients with poor hygiene.
STIES tend to be painful, especially in the early stages when
swelling and redness are prominent. With time they often form an abscess
and point to the skin, more rarely toward the eye ball itself.They are
TREATMENT consists of frequent hot packs which usually speed up
the whitehead formation and pointing to the surface. Antibiotic drops
help todecrease the number of germs present and prevent spread. Plucking
out thelash from the middle of a sty will often promote its drainage.
Rarely is surgical drainage necessary. If the tissues surrounding the
STY are swollen and seem infected as well, oral antibiotics may be helpful
in clearing up the matter more rapidly. Scarring is a very rare consequence
Prevention of spread is important by careful hygiene, care
of wash towels and hand cloths, and avoidance of close personal contacts
during the acute phase of the disease.