Alternate Names : Hordeolum, Sty
A stye is a bacterial infection of one of the hair follicles of
the eyelashes or one the small glands near the inner
corner of the eye.
What is going on in the body?
A stye occurs when bacteria infect one of the hair follicles of
the eyelashes or one of the glands near the inner corner of the eye. Ninety
five percent of the time, the infection is caused by Staphylococcus
What are the causes and risks of the infection?
Ninety five percent of the time, a stye is caused by the bacteria
Staphylococcus aureus. Other bacteria may be involved less often.
Risk factors that increase a person's chance of developing a stye include the
chronic disease or poor health
chronic eyelid inflammations or infections, such as blepharitis
elevated blood lipids, including high cholesterol
history of styes
poor hygiene or an unclean environment
skin conditions, such as