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 Multiple lumps on upper eyelid. What is causing this?
- 7.6 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?
- 7.7 I have a small lump on the top of my eyelid?
- 7.8 Why is the swell in my eye still there, even after removal?
- 7.9 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?
- 7.10 Headache after Sty drained, can this be related?
- 7.11 6 year old daughter has got a pea sized bump on upper eyelid on both eyes?
- 7.12 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?
- 7.13 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?
- 7.14 What to do about dry eyes and allergy season?
- 7.15 I have squeezed the sty on my eyelid, paining a lot?
- 7.16 Its getting very red and gross?
- 7.17 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?
- 7.18 A pouch in the corner of my left eye?
- 7.19 Hi Doc. I have a two lumps on both my eyes and they are getting bigger now, they are starting to affect my vision?
- 7.20 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?
- 8 Referencing this Article
- 9 Comments
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:
- 1Sty, also spelled Stye, is a tender and painful bump on the eyelid caused by an infected hair follicle or the gland in the eye. This type of lump is the most common form of eyelid cyst and occurs when the bacteria enters the glands and causes inflammation occluding the drainage pathway. The most common bacteria linked to these kinds of lumps, is the staphylococcus bacteria. This inflammation usually lasts for one to three days, however, if the lump lasts longer than three days, it is advisable to seek medical attention to avoid further complications.Stye (Hordeolum).
- 2The meibomian cyst is the blockage of the duct in the mebomian gland located at the inner part of eyelid. The blocked oil builds up inside the eyelid forming a cyst. This type of lump normally occurs when styes don't drain, and the glands in the eyelids are blocked for a long period of time. In severe or persistent cases, surgery may be needed to treat the eyelid cysts.Meibomian Cyst or Chalazion.
- 3Xanthelasma is a type of lump in the eye caused by yellowish cholesterol deposition in the eyelid. These are the harmless yellow bumps that occur due to the accumulation of fats just below the surface of the skin. These eyelid cysts can be linked to other health conditions concerning diabetes and high cholesterol.Xanthelasma.
- 4A lesion in the eyelid that is usually rounded, smooth and elevated caused by a virus.Seborrhoeic/Papilloma keratoses.
- 5Contain oily substance from the sebaceous glands of the skin.Sebaceous Cysts.
- 6A benign eyelid cyst from the apocrine sweat glands.Cysts of Moll (Hidrocystoma).
- 7Also a benign eyelid cyst with oily secretions.Cysts of Zeiss.Advertisement
How to Get Rid of a Lump in Upper Eyelid Fast.
If you want to get rid of the lump on your upper eyelid fast, you need to undergo minor surgery. Go to your doctor and have him drain the pus. Once it is fully drained, it will start to heal and will no longer be visible. If you have this issue more than once, you should strengthen your immune system by taking Vitamin C, garlic capsules, or Echinacea tincture, so your body can fight the bacteria that caused the lump.
The fastest way to get rid of the lump in the upper eyelid is to have it surgically removed or medically treated by a physician. The lump in your eyelid can be in a form of chalazion, stye or xanthelasma, which are commonly caused by bacterial infections or the blockage of the mebomian gland, which is responsible for the lubrication of the eye. It is not advisable for you to manually remove the lump because it may further cause infection to your eye if it is not done properly. It is not advisable for you to use topical ointments or home-remedies, primarily because of the possible misdiagnosis of the lump in the eye that may possibly cause more harm than good. Only with the aid of a physician can you safely and quickly remove a lump in your upper eyelid. Only a doctor can properly diagnose and give you the proper medical attention, either with surgery or medical therapy, depending on the type of the lump in the upper eyelid.
Cysts on both eye lids! What could this be?
This is usually a sign an obstruction in your eye/s. One of the most common solutions is to pull the upper lashes out, gently, over the bottom lashes. This often frees the dirt from your eyes. If you've done this already and the irritation remains, it may be best to consult a doctor, as it may be a more complicated condition. Do not self-medicate or try to put on ointments as that may make the situation even worse.
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Multiple lumps on upper eyelid. What is causing this?
Constantly rubbing your eyes, or contact with dirty hands can cause irritation and infection, and are commonly associated with eyelid lumps. The multiple lumps on your eyelid could be the common stye, which looks like the common acne - bumpy, inflamed, and red in appearance. This is a bacterial infection resulting from the inflammation of the oil glands found in your eyelid. This may just drain on its own, and go away after a few days. If the inflamed sebaceous oil glands become clogged, this can aggravate the situation to a condition called a chalazion or meibomian cyst, which can get very large and interfere with your vision. This is painless compared to styes, but may warrant surgery. Other causes of multiple lumps are the following:
- Cysts - Refers to fluid-filled sacs on the eyelids.
- Xanthemas - These are harmless yellow and bumpy patches found on the eyelids most often associated with old age.
- Papillomas - These appear as skin-colored or pink bumps that can grow very large and affect normal vision.
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?
Can I disguise it somehow? It looks awful and people are always asking what is that lump on your eye
You have what is termed as a Cholesterol Deposit. It can be treated naturally. Apply a wet tea bag to the area nightly and also crush a garlic clove and hold against the area for 15 minutes daily. The garlic may sting at first but it does help with cholesterol deposits.
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I have a small lump on the top of my eyelid?
It doesn't hurt at all though. I visited my family doctor and he said it will eventually go away. It's been a year now and sometimes it grows in size and sometimes it goes down. It's so annoying and I have tried putting hot pad, cold pad, even put facials on the top eyelid. Xanthelasma will seem to shrink but actually it is just going from irritated to normal. To treat Xanthelasma naturally you can use the garlic method mentioned in the question above using the juice of a garlic clove.
Why is the swell in my eye still there, even after removal?
Hi there, I've had a sty recently which grew to be quite big in size, I had to get it removed with the help of a doctor. It's been about 2 weeks after the removal, but the swell on my eye is subsiding rather slowly. Is it normal for the swell to recover slowly or do I need to treat myself with any home remedies?. I have tried: I went for a minor operation to remove the sty. I think it was caused by: I'm not sure
It is normal to have swelling still after surgical removal. Make yourself a cup of tea and put the used tea bag in the refrigerator. Once the tea bag is chilled, put it over the eye and it will relieve the puffiness.
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?
Need advise what do I do, 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
The lump is causing the blurriness and the blurriness is causing the headaches most likely. You can try the remedies in this article as well as the garlic method and see if that treats the lump first. A lump this size though may have to be removed by laser. Also contact your GP and see if he can word a referral differently for you to get approval for surgery.
I had a small bump on my eyelid a while ago and then it drained and went away, a few days later I started to have a headache on that side, I'm not sure if this could be related or if its just a sinus headache. and are these bumps very common in young adults, 23 now.
If you have a headache after the removal of a stye, it is crucial that you see your doctor at once. A headache by itself or along with symptoms of redness, additional drainage, vision changes or leakage from the eye can mean that you have an infection and it must be treated immediately.
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6 year old daughter has got a pea sized bump on upper eyelid on both eyes?
My daughter (6years) got a pea sized painless bumps on both her eyes on upper eyes lid bit. lumps are almost exactly at same place on both eye lids (towards ear side from middle- not exactly on the corner of eyelids) What to do?
Epidermoid Cysts (Sebaceous Cysts) can occur in children around your daughter's age. They can be removed surgically however most of these will shrink as the child ages. You can treat her face now with tea tree oil diluted in warm water, soak a facecloth and apply to her face.
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?
It looks like my skin itself has the bumps on upper eyelid. they do not pop at all and appear on both of my upper eyelids more toward the beginning of eyelid. if I scratch them there seems to be a small white piece of skin, no fluid or pain at all. But its making my eyelids lumpy and skin looks very wrinkled and I'm only 40
Xanthelasma is most likely what you have. Refer to the answers in this article for the garlic treatment to remove them.
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?
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
Sounds like you have Xanthelasma which can get irritated and itchy at times. Apply the garlic remedy mentioned in this article.
What to do about dry eyes and allergy season?
Eye Doctor said small bumps inside eyelids are from allergies. Eye drops make my eyes blurry.
If eye drops are not helping the small bumps inside your eyelids to shrink then you might want to see your doctor and see if taking antihistamines is right for your condition. You can also consult with your doctor and ask if getting an allergy test might be a solution. Determining what the allergen is that is causing the bumps can help you eliminate the irritant from your life. You might also want to consider getting allergy shots that immunize you against your allergies over a period of weeks so your body is less likely to break out with this type of reaction.
I have squeezed the sty on my eyelid, paining a lot?
I have squeezed the sty on my eyelid, it is paining very much, what should I do?
You must never ever squeeze cysts, blemishes or pimples of any kind on your face with your hands. You need to visit a doctor immediately as it is very possible that you have infected the cyst. This can be a very dangerous situation that can cause a brain infection or even blindness so you need to make an appointment with your doctor immediately.
Its getting very red and gross?
How can I get rid of it, back to my normal face Cherry angiomas are caused by dilated capillaries and the best way to remove them is through laser in a dermatology office. You also should apply grape seed oil to your face nightly before bed.
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?
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
Swelling of a large area is generally either an allergic reaction or infection. It is good that you advised to seek medical treatment. To ease swelling on the face, a cold compress should be applied. If the swelling does not subside then further professional medical treatment is needed.
A pouch in the corner of my left eye?
Hello, I have a pouch in the corner of my left eye, wondering if I can get rid of it without surgery, thanks. I have tried: I tried an antibiotic cream. I think it was caused by: I did silicon injections in my face (no eyes), but the pouch started after that
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Hi Doc. I have a two lumps on both my eyes and they are getting bigger now, they are starting to affect my vision?
The lumps are under the eye lids and they are getting bigger and bigger now, I've had them for 3-4 months now. It started on my one eye as something small and I ignored it but now it's getting out of hand as it has now moved to my second eye. I tried applying hot water with a cloth but still no results.. . Any assistance with this matter?. . Thank you. I think my situation is different because I have tried the methods explained in the article to help heal or get rid of the bumps/lumps in my eye but it's not helping at all. I have tried: I have tried applying hot watered cloth for about two weeks but it didn't help as the bumps just became bigger and bigger. I think it was caused by: I don't really know because I'm not allergic to anything and I sleep enough because some people were suggesting that this maybe caused by not getting enough sleep of which I't's no the case
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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?
My eye has a lump on the bottom eyelid. I applied warm water numerous times. It has got bigger after doing so. It has gotten bigger after warm compress. I did not see where it says it will get bigger. I am concerned about infections. I have tried: Only warm compress. I have tried nothing else so far. I think it was caused by: I had a stye that I thought went away but a small lump remained in my eye. I mistakenly squeezed it slightly as I noticed discharge the first time. It swelled up and I put cold compress to help the swelling. A few weeks later I noticed it was not fully gone, so I started the warm compress and now its bigger.
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