Get Rid of the Lumps in the Eyelid
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The lump that appears on your eyelid is known as a stye, which can become very uncomfortable. The stye infection can in fact be painful at times, and depending on the route you take to care for the infection, the length it stays will vary. A stye will make your eyelid swell, causing a bump to form on your eyelid. You should be able to cure this infection at home without a visit to your doctor.
There are different types of sties that can form on the eye. Generally if the bump on your eyelid is no longer sore it is called a chalizion, caused by an obstruction of the oil gland in your eyelids. If the bump is red and sore it is called a Hordeolum. This lump can increase in size and swell, becoming painful.
- 1 Location
- 2 Symptoms
- 3 Stye Infection Risk Factors
- 4 Common Stye Infection Causes / Types
- 5 Ways to Get Rid of a Stye Infection Quickly
- 6 Tips Tricks & Warnings
7 Questions and Answers
- 7.1 Why do I get lumps on my upper or lower eyelid?
- 7.2 Types of Eyelid Cysts?
- 7.3 How to Get Rid of a Lump in Upper Eyelid Fast.
- 7.4 Cysts on both eye lids! What could this be?
- 7.5 I have a lump on my upper eyelid, had it for a year now, went to a eye specialist and he said its just a fatty lump but sees it as more cosmetic than a health problem?
- 7.6 I have a small lump on the top of my eyelid?
- 7.7 Why is the swell in my eye still there, even after removal?
- 7.8 I have a swollen eyelid that looks like I have a pea sized lump growing in it. I have consulted with my GP who advised I go to an eye hospital. I have contacted the hospital and spoken to a nurse I won't mention the name) to be advised they won't look at it as its a cosmetic problem. My vision is affected and I'm having headaches. Help?
- 7.9 Headache after Sty drained, can this be related?
- 7.10 6 year old daughter has got a pea sized bump on upper eyelid on both eyes?
- 7.11 I have a very small bumps on upper eyelid, more towards inner part of my eyelid, they do not hurt and are with the color of my skin. When I scratch them there is no puss at all or redness. Its almost just a small white piece of skin under it. It is causing my skin to just look bumpy?
- 7.12 On my lower eyelid, in the middle, I have had a small knot for a long time. Sometimes it itches and is bothersome. I've had it for several years. It never changes. Nothing leaks out of it. It is a firm knot. Any clues?
- 7.13 What to do about dry eyes and allergy season?
- 7.14 I have squeezed the sty on my eyelid, paining a lot?
- 7.15 Its getting very red and gross?
- 7.16 Last week, a friend had a huge mass on the inside of her eyelid. She went to urgent care. Her entire face on that side swelled up. It went away after about a week and now it is in the other eye. I told her to go to an eye doctor and to stop wondering what it might be?
- 7.17 A pouch in the corner of my left eye?
- 7.18 Hi Doc. I have a two lumps on both my eyes and they are getting bigger now, they are starting to affect my vision?
- 7.19 I have a lump on my eyelid. I have been applying warm water with a rag. How long does it normally take for one to go away?
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When it comes to a stye, it can either appear on the top of your eyelid or it can instead form on your bottom eyelid. The infection from the stye is usually caused by a bacterial infection blocking glands from releasing fluids. These fluids back up creating an unsightly bump on your eyelid. You can also get this infection from ingrown hairs from your eyelashes.
- 1Sometimes the swelling can become so severe, your eyelid closes completely. This swelling is completely normal so don't panic. The swelling, however, should not last longer that a couple of days. By then, the swelling should go down, and your eye should begin to open up once again. If the swelling continues over a couple of days, or begins to spread to other areas of your eyelids, or your other eye, then you will need to visit a doctor.A bump on the eyelid is usually accompanied with swelling, depending on the type of Stye.Advertisement
- 3It's important that you know exactly what is causing the redness.If you experience redness in your eye, this can indicate you have developed a stye infection, but this is also a symptom of it conjunctivitis.
- 4Sensitivity to light is also a symptom of having a stye, affecting your vision in the bright sunshine.
Stye Infection Risk Factors
There are several factors that increase the likelihood of getting a Stye Infection.
- 1Diabetics develop styes more often than non-diabetics.Diabetes.Advertisement
- 2People with excessive sebum (waxy oily lubricant) discharge from the sebaceous glands are more likely to get a stye.Seborrhea.
- 4People who suffer from high blood lipids have an increased risk of contracting a stye due to the extra build up of oils in their body.High Blood Lipids (fats).
- 5People who suffer from high levels of stress will also be more prone to getting a stye.Stress.
- 6People between thirty and fifty years of age, have a higher risk of getting a stye.Age.
Common Stye Infection Causes / Types
A Stye is caused by a blockage of glands in the eye that naturally produce and release fluids necessary to the proper functioning and lubrication of the eye. Depending on which glands are blocked Stye infections are classified into the following two types:
- 1The blockage hordeolum, which are sweat glands located right at the base of each eyelash. They are typically staphylococcal infections that the body is able to defeat within 1 to 2 weeks. However there are ways to treat the infection for quicker healing prognosis.Hordeolum (Red, Sore, Inflamed Lump).
Ways to Get Rid of a Stye Infection Quickly
Below is a list of things you can do to encourage the rapid healing of the stye on your eyelid, and to relieve the pain due to the infection.
- 1In addition to relieving itchiness and pain, it will help clear the blockage.Wet a face cloth with hot salt water and place on the affected eye and rub gently.
- Put the face cloth on your eye for 10-15 minutes four times a day and message periodically.
- Dissolve as much salt into hot water as you can and mix thoroughly. Epsom salts are recommended but any salt will work. Salt is a natural anti-bacterial agent.
- Diluted Tea Tree Oil. A stronger alternative to salt, if you can handle it, is diluted tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is a very powerful natural anti-bacterial agent. If you wish you can use both a salt and tea tree oil solution. Avoid getting the solution in your eye as it may sting and cause temporary irritation of the eye.
- If the salt water proves too irritating, perform this method with just hot water. It is less effective but still helps.
- 2The teabag will reduce swelling, which will help release the blockage in your gland. The problem you are trying to solve is self-exacerbating. The infection causes swelling which causes the blockage. The blockage causes a backup of fluid, further worsening the blockage. Then the infection may spread into the backed up fluid in some cases. So reducing swelling will help prevent the severity and duration of your stye infection.Place a wet warm teabag on your eyelid for 10 to 15 minutes, three times per day.
- 3Rub in gently with a Q-tip avoiding getting the cream into your eye. Killing the infection is key to getting the swelling down and opening your blocked gland.Purchase some antibiotic cream to place carefully on the swollen bump area.
- 4Polymyxin B sulfate destroys the integrity of bacterial cell walls cause rupture and ultimately bacteria cell death.Make sure the crème you purchase needs includes polymyxin in the list of ingredients.
- 5However if puss is coming out of your eye with gentle rubbing, carefully continue to do so without getting the puss into your eye. Clearing out puss can help speed along your recovery. You may want to pick up anti-bacterial eye drops from the drug store and take them 3 times per day as a preventative measure.Some sources warn against any kind of scratching, picking at, or rubbing the stye to prevent a subsequent eye infection.
- 6The make up will in fact irritate your stye, and make the infection worse.Do not wear make-up while you are going through a possible stye infection, as the make up will hinder the chances of your infection healing itself.
- 7Wearing contacts can irritate your eyes, also making the infection worse.If you wear contact lenses, it is recommended that you do not wear your contacts until the stye has cleared up.
- 8Hands easily spread infection, and if you don't wash your hands after you've touched the infection, you could spread it to other areas of your body.When dealing with this issue yourself, it is recommended that you keep your hands clean at all times when treating or touching the infected area.
- 9The ibuprofen can also help to reduce inflammation.Take an over the counter ibuprofen if the stye infection is causing any type of irritation or pain during this time.
- 10Resting period is good as it focuses your bodies healing properties.Rest your eyes as much as you can during this process, staying out of direct sunlight.
- 11If your stye infection has not fully drained within the first couple of days, then you need to go to your doctor in order to help relieve the infection.
- 12If you start to have a problem with your vision then you will need to consult a doctor as soon as possible.
- 13The stye can be treated with medications or surgical removal of the lump.See your doctor if you have a fever, sever swelling of the eyelid, both eyelids are swollen or if the bump not gone down after a month, or if it seems to be getting progressively worse.
Tips Tricks & Warnings
- If you follow the tips above, the lump shoule be gone within 3 to 4 days.
- Always consult a doctor for better home remedies and medications regarding getting rid of a stye.
- When placing anything on your eyelid, make sure your eye is closed to avoid the treatment leaking into your eye
- After applying any of these remedies, make sure you clean your eyelid area thoroughly.
Questions and Answers
Why do I get lumps on my upper or lower eyelid?
Lumps on the upper or lower eyelids are generally caused by bacteria, or a blockage of the glands in the eyelid area. More often than not, the bumps are considered harmless and can often be treated with some basic home remedies. In some extreme cases where irritation persists, seek professional medical attention.
One of the major causes for bumps or eyelid cysts is bacteria - the transfer of various bacteria, dirt and debris around the eye area can cause the cysts in the eyelids. Here is a list of the causes of eyelid lumps:
- Constant eye rubbing, especially with dirty hands.
- Out of date cosmetics.
- Dirty contact lenses.
- Blockage of eye ducts.
- Poor hygiene.
- Staphylococcus bacteria.
- Chronic blepharitis.
- Leaving makeup on overnight.
- Ingrown eyelashes.
The lumps on your upper or lower eyelid are medically called chalazion or otherwise known as tarsal cyst or meibomian cyst. These localized lumps on the eyelid are caused by the blockage of the duct in the meibomian gland. The meibomian gland is located at the inner part of the eyelid.
The meibomian gland secretes an oily substance to lubricate the eye. If this oily substance gets blocked, the result is that the fluid cannot properly escape from the eye and builds up inside causing the fluid-filled lump.
Repeated or prolonged infection can produce granuloma, which means a nodule forms on the eyelid. This solid lump is called a chalazion.
Types of Eyelid Cysts?
There are different types of lumps that can be found around the eyes, which include the following: