All You Need To Know About Eyelid Bumps

Eyelid bumps are red, pimple-like lumps that appear on the part of your eye where your eyelid and eyelash meet. They may be painful depending on what type they are. They’re also usually harmless and go away on their own. However, they could be a cause for concern if they’ve remained on your eyes for a while.

Here’s everything you need to know about the different types of eyelid bumps – what causes them, what the symptoms are, and how you can treat them at home.

Types Of Eyelid Bumps And Their Causes

The Most Common Types Of Eyelid Bumps Are Styes, Chalazia, And Xanthelasma, Which Are Usually Caused By Bacterial Infections Or Blocked Oil Glands

The most common types of eyelid bumps are styes, chalazia, and xanthelasma.

1. Stye

The inside of your eyelids is lined with oil glands that lubricate your eyes. When one of these oil glands is blocked, bacteria make their way inside and infect the blocked oil gland. This results in a painful bump called

a stye, which may sometimes be filled with pus. You may also get a stye because of an infected hair follicle. It is the most common kind of eyelid bump and usually occurs at the base of your eyelashes or under your eyelids. Styes form over a few days and may occur in one eye or both eyes. You may even have more than one stye in the same eye.

These eyelid bumps usually drain and heal on their own. They also don’t affect your vision. Your chances of getting them increase if you suffer from a condition called blepharitis – inflammation of the eyelids, causing scales to form on your eyelashes.1

2. Chalazion

A stye may eventually turn into what is known as a chalazion, which occurs when an oil gland in your eye is inflamed and becomes fully blocked. It develops farther back on the eyelid than a stye and doesn’t cause pain in most cases. However, it can grow to be quite big and may even block your vision.2

3. Xanthelasma

Xanthelasma are fatty deposits on your eyelid that are soft and yellow in color. They form under your eye skin and are often the result of aging. They usually aren’t harmful but may sometimes be an indicator of high cholesterol.3

Symptoms Of An Eyelid Bump

An Itchy Sensation In The Eyes, Sensitivity To Light, And Watery Eyes Are The Symptoms Of An Eyelid Bump

Whatever the type of eyelid bump, the symptoms are quite similar. Apart from appearing as a red or skin-colored lump, an eyelid bump is accompanied by symptoms like:4

  • An itchy sensation in your eye (similar to the way you feel when something’s entered it)
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Watery eyes
  • Tenderness in your eyes

Treating An Eyelid Bump At Home

Avoid Poking, Squeezing, And Popping An Eyelid Bump And Treat It With A Warm Compress A Few Times A Day
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Follow these simple tips to speed up the healing of your eyelid bump.

  • Never poke, squeeze, or pop the eyelid bump. This will increase the possibility of a more serious condition occurring.
  • Place a warm, soft cloth on your eye for relief from the pain. Do this for 5–10 minutes a few times a day to speed up the draining of the eyelid bump and allow it to heal faster. Keep in mind that the cloth shouldn’t be too hot.
  • Ditch your lenses and eye makeup till the bump is completely gone to avoid infections.
  • Keep your eyes clean at all times.

A Word Of Caution

Watch Out For Symptoms Like Excessive Discharge From Your Eyes, A Bleeding Eyelid Bump, And A Crusty Eyelid As They May Be Causes For Concern

An eyelid bump could be a cause for concern if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Excessive discharge from your eyes
  • Color change in the
    white part of your eyes
  • A bleeding eyelid bump
  • A scaly, crusty eyelid
  • Recurring bumps

You may need to see a doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

Now that you know everything there is to know about eyelid bumps, you’ll be able to identify and know how to care for it if you get one.