Although the 3-5 days of the symptoms of hordeolum and chalazion look the same, there still exists the big difference. The hordeolun is commonly said as steal stythe eye of a needle. The eyelid glands acute suppurative inflammation is often caused by staphylococcus aureus infection according to the affected gland tissue. The outer stye and internal hordeolum outside stye system may have the eyelash, hair, follicle and sebaceous gland inflammation, belonging to within stye meibomian gland of acute suppurative inflammation. After 3 to 5 days, the hordeolum will be in palpebral conjunctiva surface if it is broken at the surface. However the chalazion is often for meibomian gland and its surrounding tissue inflammation. A few days later the above symptom subsided. The eyelid leaves only painless, with slow growth of circular mass. The surface of the skin can relax drive. The mass can appear in the eyelid tarsi. The average performance is palpebral conjunctiva under red or gray mass. That will be different.
There indeed exist confusion between the hordeolum and chalazion as general public medical usage. But there are also differences. A hordeolum is an infection that causes a tender red lump along the edge of the eyelid, and it is usually caused by a bacterial infection. The symptoms of the hordeolum growth is the swollen and painful, and watery eyelid. It usually takes about 3 days before they break open and drain and usually heal in about a week. While a chalazion forms a firm lump or cyst under the skin of the eyelid and chalazia grows more slowly than hordeolum. If a chalazion becomes larger, it may affect the vision and the inflammation and swelling may spread to the area around eyes. Besides, chalazia often disappear in a few months without cure. If you get chalazia or hordeolum, you can treat them with warm compresses three or four times a day, washing the eyelashes with clean hot water to keep lid hygiene and improves control of seborrheic dermatitis. Usually, as for a secondary infection, you should use some antibiotics if necessary.
Both hordeolum and chalazion are stye, though stye is technically refers to hordeolum. They are two different kinds of small inflammation within the eyelid:
1. A hordeolum is a blockage of glands on either the inner lid or the outer lid that leads to a quickly growing, painful, red swelling, such as overnight. In 90-95% of cases, staphylococcus aureus is the cause. Warm compresses (four times/day) are helpful, but sometimes incision to aid drainage is needed. Topical antibiotics can be used to help recurrent or actively draining hordeola. Ophthalmologic consultation is recommended if not improving in 2-3days.
2. A chalazion is a medical profession term to denote a swelling caused by blockage of sebaceous glands and formation of granulomas. It tends to grow slowly over weeks to months and is less tender than a hordeolum. Chalazia usually are treated with warm compresses (four times/day). Washing the eyelashes with a baby shampoo may also help with lid hygiene and improves control of seborrheic dermatitis if present. Antibiotics are usually not use unless there is an additional secondary infection. Ophthalmologic referral is recommended after 2 weeks.