Bump on Eye

Updated on March 08, 2012
C.D. asks from Saint Louis, MO
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My eye has been bothering me all day. It's been a very small annoyance up until an hour and a half ago. It felt like I had a fuzzy in my eye or an eyelash hitting my eye. I rubbed it too many times to count to try to dislodge whatever it was that was irritating it. I was outside where it is very windy when it got worse. I finally went inside to check it a couple minutes ago and found a small white bump on my eyelid. The bump is on the top lid where the bottom lid would touch it if my eye was closed. I don't think its a stye (sp) because I had them when I was younger and I think they were red.

Please tell me what this is and what I can do about it. I really don't think I need to go to an eye doctor for this problem. I'm just looking for some advise. Thanks in advance.

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answers from Dallas on

Yes Sty's can be white. I would just put as warm of a damp wash cloth that you can handle on it.

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answers from Denver on

sty's can be white..... I would just treat it like a sty and see where you are at in a few days, I would also avoid makeup

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answers from Washington DC on

sounds like a sty or a cyst. My son Nicky had something similar on his eye yesterday. The doctor said to alternate use of cold compress and warm compress. It's fine today.

Hope it's nothing serious!!!

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answers from Kansas City on

Similiar to what others have said .... my eye doctor has me use a washcloth - get is as hot as you can stand (hot water out of the faucet) - and then hold them wash cloth on your eyelid for 5 minutes .... 4 to 6 times a day.



answers from St. Louis on

Sty's generally only turn red if infected or excessively irritated. They are often the result of allergies that cause dried skin or dried lacrimal fluid to clog the ducts along the edge of the eyelid.

Moist heat, whether wash cloth or tea bags or a sinus mask, etc, is helpful, both to help drain the sty and to keep dried materials from clogging ducts. You can also use Neosporin ointment to keep it lubricated to prevent the clogged ducts and to prevent infection. An ophthalmologist is likely to prescribe an optical ointment that comes in a very small metallic tube with a long narrow opening. It probably contains less than a third of the amount of Neosporin ointment as the plastic tubes you can buy at your local grocer's and costs 4 times as much. According to my optometrist, they just want to prevent you from using ointments that may have been contaminated by touching the end of the tube onto infected areas. So, just go buy a new tube and keep it hygienic by using clean Q-Tips to apply the ointment and don't touch the end of the tube even with your fingers.

My MIL and son suffered with sty's and I learned a good bit in the process.



answers from Chicago on

It is probably a stye. Make a cup of tea and then wring out the tea bag . When it is still warm , hold it on your eye for a few minutes and repeat. Hold a paper towel over it so you don't stain your fingers. It will be gone tomorrow.

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