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What’s the difference between a Stye / a Chalazion / a Hordeolum

There is so much confusion between these terms and ultimately, the different terms don’t mean too much. So a lot of people just use these terms interchangeably.

  • A Stye is the non-technical term for either a Chalazion or Hordeolum.
  • A Hordeolum is a sudden onset infection or abscess.
  • A Chalazion is a small area of inflammation. Usually it develops slower and lasts longer.