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Eyelid Bump


An eyelid bump can occur on your upper or lower eyelid. The bump may be small, like a pimple. On the other hand, it may be a large, hard lump. In some cases, the eyelid bump may be painful when you touch it.


A small eyelid bump is often a stye. A stye happens when the tiny glands along the eyelid become blocked. An infection can form in these blocked glands, causing redness and swelling.

Other causes of eyelid bumps include:

  • Chalazion — A bump from blocked duct can grow into a large, hard lump
  • Hordeolum — infection of eyelid hair follicle
  • Insect bite — The bump may be itchy, red, and swollen
  • Xanthelasma — This is a fatty deposit underneath the skin of the eyelid. This type of bump is usually yellowish
  • Papilloma (warts) — A papilloma is pink or red in color with a bumpy surface, giving it a cauliflower-like appearance
  • Seborrheic keratosis — This bump may be dark brown or black, round, and have a "pasted-on" look
  • Sebaceous cell carcinoma

Most eyelid bumps are harmless. In some cases, a new eyelid bump may be a skin cancer.

Home Care 

A stye is the most common cause of an eyelid bump. If you have a small stye, place a warm compress over your eyelid. Do this for 10 minutes at a time 3-4 times a day.

When Should I Call My Doctor?  

Call your doctor if the eyelid bump:

  • Worsens (eg, becomes larger or more tender)
  • Lasts longer than you expect
  • Is causing a lot of discomfort
  • Is affecting your vision

You should also call your doctor if you are concerned that the eyelid bump may be something serious, especially if you have other symptoms like:

  • Pus, blood, or other fluid is leaking out of the bump
  • Eye is irritated and red
  • Swollen eyelid
  • Irregular borders on the growth
  • Fever

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Content was created using EBSCO’s Health Library. Edits to original content made by Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

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