What is the Eyelid Lump Hordeolum?

Monday, March 10, 2014

What is the Eyelid Lump Hordeolum?

Hordeolum is a common, painful inflammation of the eyelid that is usually caused by a bacterial infection that affects the oil glands in the eyelid and results in a lump. Often, the infected lump drains and heals by itself with no treatment but sometimes it can spread to other glands in the eyes and can become long lasting. It can also turn into a cyst which is called a chalazion. Hordeolum can be internal, on the inside of the eyelid, or external, on the outside of the eyelid near the eyelashes. Hordeolum on the outside of the eyelid is known as a stye. Hordeolum also can be acute and appear suddenly and heal in a short time, or chronic and long lasting and occurring over time. Common treatments for hordeolum include warm compresses applied at home, prescription and non prescription lid scrubs, antibiotics, steroids, lid massages and others types of treatment.

If you or someone you know has questions about eyelid lumps and bumps such as hordeolum, stye or chalazion please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.