Eyelid Lumps and Bumps
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What it is
At Linder MD, we understand that various types of lumps or bumps can develop around your eyes. The most prevalent one is known as a chalazion or stye. Additionally, there are other bumps such as xanthelasmas, papillomas, or cysts that can form in this area.
Chalazion or styes are pesky little lumps that occur when the oil gland in the eyelid becomes clogged, resulting in gradual growth over time. Initially, you may not even be aware of its presence, as it typically causes minimal to no pain. However, as the chalazion develops, your eyelid might become red, swollen, and occasionally tender to touch. Our expert team led by Dr. Linder is well-equipped to provide you with the appropriate treatment or surgical intervention for any lump or bump you may be experiencing around your eyes. Trust us to take care of your eye health and restore your confidence.
How it works
When it comes to treating a chalazion or stye, there are several effective options available. If a chalazion does not recede or continues to grow after a few weeks, you may consider a steroid injection or chalazion surgical removal. These procedures can help alleviate the symptoms and promote healing.
In some cases, a chalazion may heal on its own without any treatment. However, if the bump is causing discomfort or persists, you can try at-home remedies such as applying warm compresses to the eyelid for 10 to 15 minutes, 4 to 6 times a day. Gently massaging the external eyelids for several minutes may also provide relief.
While most styes go away on their own, recurrences are common, and medical intervention may be necessary in some instances. For persistent styes, we recommend booking a consultation if the eye becomes red or sore, your vision is blurred, and if redness and swelling spread. We also recommend seeking medical attention if the stye is not healing within 2-3 weeks.
Preventing A Stye or Chalazion
✓ Keep your eyelids clean
Regularly clean your eyelids using a mild soap or warm water. This helps to remove any debris or bacteria that could potentially lead to a stye. Baby shampoo can also be used around eyelids if needed.
✓ Avoid sharing makeup
Sharing makeup can transfer bacteria and increase the risk of developing a stye. Make sure to use your own makeup and avoid using expired products.
✓ Avoid sharing towels
Sharing towels can spread bacteria and increase the risk of developing a stye. Also, using a clean towel when drying your face can reduce the risk of developing a stye.
✓ Practice good hygiene
Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes or applying any eye-related products. This helps to prevent the spread of bacteria and reduces the chances of stye formation.
Eyelid Lumps and Bumps
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the symptoms of a stye?
The common symptoms of a stye include a red bump on the eyelid, swelling, pain, tenderness, and sometimes, discharge or crusting.
How long do styes typically last?
In most cases, a stye will go away on its own within 1 to 2 weeks. However, some styes may require medical treatment if they don't improve or become more severe.
Can wearing contact lenses increase the risk of getting a stye?
Yes, improper contact lens hygiene can increase the risk of developing a stye. It is important to follow proper cleaning and storage guidelines for your contact lenses to minimize the chances of an infection.
Should I see a doctor for a stye?
If your stye doesn't improve within a week, becomes more painful, affects your vision, or if you develop a fever, it is recommended to book a consultation with Dr. Linder. Our team can provide appropriate treatment options and ensure any underlying issues are addressed.