Eyelid bump - Treatment
Bump on the eyelid; Stye; Hordeolum
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Styes often get better on their own. However, they may recur. The outcome is generally excellent with simple treatment.
- Recurrence of a stye
- Spread of infection to other eyelash follicles
- Spread of infection to the tissue of the eyelid (eyelid cellulitis)
Calling your health care provider:
Call your doctor if:
- You have problems with your vision.
- The eyelid bump worsens or does not improve within a week or two of self-care.
- The eyelid bump or bumps become very large or painful.
- You have a blister on your eyelid.
- You have crusting or scaling of your eyelids.
- Your whole eyelid is red, or the eye itself is red.
- You are very sensitive to light or have excessive tears.
- A stye comes back soon after successful treatment of another one.
- Your eyelid bump bleeds.
- Reviewed last on: 8/3/2010
- Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Wright JL, Wightman JM. Red and painful eye. In: Marx JA, ed. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 32.
Neff AG, Carter KD. Benign eyelid lesions. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, eds. Ophthalmology. 3rd ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2008:chap 12.9.
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