Eyelid Bump: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

What is an eyelid bump?

Eyelid bump is a pimple or abscess that forms on your upper or lower eyelid.

Eyelid bumps appear as painful, red lumps at the edge of the eyelid, typically where the lash meets the lid. Bacteria or a blockage in the oil glands of the eyelid causes most eyelid bumps.

Eyelid bumps are often harmless and don’t always require medical treatment. They often go away on their own or with basic home care.

Eyelid Bump: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Types of eyelid bumps?
There are two main types of eyelid bumps.

  1. Styes : This is the most common type of eyelid bump. Styes occur when bacteria get into the oil glands in the eyelids. A stye is a round, red painful bump that appears close to your eyelashes.

  2. Chalazion : A chalazion is an inflammatory lesion that occurs when the oil-producing glands or tear gland in the eyelids become blocked. A chalazion usually grows further on your eyelid than a stye. It’s painless in most cases.
Causes an eyelid bump?
Styes occur when bacteria enter and inflame your oil glands.

Chalazion can form when the oil glands in your eyelids are blocked. Styes that don’t drain can turn into chalazia.

Symptoms of eyelid bump?
A stye is a red, hot, very tender swollen bump near the edge of your eyelid.
A chalazion is a somewhat tender, smooth, round bump normally in the middle of your eyelid.

Treatments for eyelid bump

Home care
Styes should go away on their own or with simple treatment in a few days.
Chalazia, which look like styes but are infected oil glands, often disappear on their own. But it could take a month or more.

Most stye can treat at home. Apply a warm compress to the affected eye for 10 to 15 minutes 2 to 4 times a day for several days. After applying the compress, use your finger to press on the inflamed bump to try to unplug the oil gland. Doing this can ease your pain and inflammation and help the stye go away faster.Keep your eye closed while you use the compress.

Don’t squeeze it. let it burst on its own. Some styes spread skin infections when they pop. Antibiotics may have to be taken if that happens.

Medical care

If it comes back, doctor may give you an antibiotic cream / ointment to put on the spot or  ask to use an antibiotic eye drops or might ask to take antibiotic pills.

Sometimes you need minor surgery to completely drain a stye. After applying a local anesthetic to numb your eyelid, the doctor cuts it open and removes the gunk inside. Your eyelid should heal quickly.


If you get a lot of styes, you may need to take better care of your eyelids.

Keep your eyelids clean to get rid of the germs and dead skin cells.
Don’t put expired makeup, used towels, or dirty hands on your eyelids.
A sore spot near your eyelashes can be an early warning sign of a stye. Apply a warm compress at the first sign. It will help you get better faster and prevent further blockage.

Information Sources www.healthline.com, www.webmd.com, www.medicalnewstoday.com
Image Sources www.styestreatment.com, Pinterest.com

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