What is the difference between Hordeolum and chalazion?

When a stye occurs inside the eyelid, it is called an internal hordeolum (say “hor-dee-OH-lum”). A chalazion (say “kuh-LAY-zee-on”) is a lump in the eyelid. Chalazia (plural) may look like styes, but they are usually larger and may not hurt.

Why do I keep getting styes?

Styes are caused by infected oil glands on your eyelids, which form a red bump that resembles acne. Poor hygiene, old makeup, and certain medical or skin conditions can increase your risk for styes. To get rid of a stye, you can gently wash your eyelids, use a warm compress, and try antibiotic ointments.

What is internal Hordeolum?

An internal stye, or hordeolum, is a stye on the inside of your eyelid. While an internal or inner stye is less common than an external stye, one that occurs on the outer rim of the eyelid, internal styes can sometimes be worse or cause complications because they’re closer to your eye.

Why do I get chalazion often?

Inflammation or viruses affecting the meibomian glands are the underlying causes of chalazia. Chalazia are more common in people with inflammatory conditions like seborrhea, acne, rosacea, chronic blepharitis, or long-term inflammation of the eyelid.

What causes hordeolum Externum?

The infection is most often caused by Staphylococcus bacteria. These bacteria usually live around the surface of the eyelid without causing any harm. However, when a gland becomes clogged with dead skin cells or old oil, these bacteria can become trapped in the gland and cause an infection.

Is a stye a fungal infection?

A stye, also known as a hordeolum, is a bacterial infection of an oil gland in the eyelid. This results in a red tender bump at the edge of the eyelid. The outside or the inside of the eyelid can be affected. The cause of a stye is usually a bacterial infection by Staphylococcus aureus.

What medical conditions cause styes?

What are the risks for developing a stye?

  • having itchy eyes from hay fever or allergies.
  • inflammation of your eyelid (blepharitis)
  • using contaminated mascara or eye liner.
  • leaving makeup on overnight.
  • skin conditions, such as rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis.
  • some medical conditions, like diabetes.

How do you get rid of internal hordeolum?


  1. using warm compresses for 15 minutes at a time four times per day to soften the stye and help it drain.
  2. washing the eyelid with a gentle soap, such as baby shampoo.
  3. gently massaging the eyelid.
  4. using eyelid scrubs containing saline or baby shampoo to promote drainage and remove bacteria.

How do you distinguish between internal and external hordeolum?

An internal hordeolum affects the Meibomian (oil) glands within the eyelids whereas an external hordeolum (stye) affects the glands associated with the eyelashes. Both conditions cause red and tender swellings of the eyelid. Traditional remedies such as hot spoon bathing and/or warm compresses may relieve symptoms.

What virus causes chalazion?

Conclusions. Chalazia may be associated with viral conjunctivitis.

Can a chalazion be cancerous?

The prognosis for individuals with chalazion is excellent. On the other hand, sebaceous carcinoma is a relatively uncommon malignant neoplasm that most often arises in the meibomian glands of the eyelid.