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.
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
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