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hor·de·o·lum ex·ter·'num

inflammation of the sebaceous gland of an eyelash.
Synonym(s): sty, stye


(sti) hordeolum.


A small abscess caused by a STAPHYLOCOCCAL INFECTION around the root of an eyelash. Treatment is by antibiotic ointments to prevent recurrence.

sty, stye

see external hordeolum.
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Despite their unattractive appearance, styes rarely cause any long-term problems.
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If there's an infection, such as a stye, your doctor may prescribe antibiotic ointment or eye drops.
This summer Similasan introduced Stye Eye Relief eye drops, which are already generating incremental profits to the category.
Less frequently, the stye points in, caused by inflammation in the Meiobium gland.
Warm weather also brings the allergy season, and sales of Del's Stye sterile lubricant eye ointment peak during this season.