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When should you see your doctor about the lump in your 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. In the worst cases, the doctor can drain the bump and prescribe antibiotics or a steroid injection to help it heal. Some symptoms could mean the problem is more serious and you should see your doctor:

  • The sore doesn’t get better after you treat it at home.
  • It comes back.
  • It looks like something other than a stye or chalazion.

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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