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Should I see a doctor about a bump on my eyelid?

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If you have a very large, painful stye or chalazion that doesn't go away, you should see an eye doctor. They may prescribe an antibiotic to put on the bump to help clear it up.

If it's serious, the doctor can drain the bump and prescribe antibiotics or a steroid injection to help it heal. You should definitely see your doctor if:

  • The bump doesn't get better after you treat it at home.
  • It comes back.
  • It looks like something other than a stye or a chalazion. Your doctor may need to do a biopsy or other tests to see what it is.

SOURCES:

Cheng, K. Cochrane Library, published online April 19, 2014.

Mayo Clinic: “Sty.”

American Optometric Association: “Chalazion.”

 

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on April 23, 2020

SOURCES:

Cheng, K. Cochrane Library, published online April 19, 2014.

Mayo Clinic: “Sty.”

American Optometric Association: “Chalazion.”

 

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on April 23, 2020

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