Lumps and Bumps around the eyes

Lumps and Bumps around the eyes


An eyelid bump can be painful or irritating but is usually harmless. Although bumps can disappear on their own, simple treatment at home often speeds up healing. We find out more about different types of eyelid bump and what can cause them.

Eyelashes protect the eyes from tiny objects, such as dust, that can irritate the eye. Oil glands around the eyelids help to keep the lashes healthy; if these parts of the eyelid become infected or swollen, an eyelid bump might develop.

The condition is widespread, and anyone can get it. Children and those with the eye condition blepharitis are more likely to develop an eyelid bump. Blepharitis causes the edges of the eyelid to become red and swollen.

Types of Lumps and Bumps Eye

Most bumps that appear on the eyelid are either a stye or a chalazion. It can be hard to tell the difference between the two; both affect the eyelid and usually appear as a small lump.

Another type of eyelid bump is a xanthelasma. These lumps are deposits of fat, and they usually develop in the inner corners of the eyelids. A xanthelasma is harmless.

Small, harmless bumps called milia can also occur on the eyelid. Milia are tiny white bumps that appear under the surface of the skin. They usually appear in groups and can occur anywhere on the face.

As styes and chalazia are the most common form of eyelid bumps, this article will focus on them.

Although it is often difficult to distinguish between a stye and a chalazion, key differences include the following:

  • A stye is usually painful, while a chalazion is not.
  • A stye may swell to cover the whole eyelid, but a chalazion typically remains small.
  • A stye often occurs around the eyelashes.
  • A chalazion can be on or inside the eyelid.
  • A stye is almost always red, while a chalazion is usually not.

Associated symptoms

A stye will appear as a red lump on the eyelid. It may have a small spot of pus in the middle of the bump. It is likely to irritate the eye, making it feel itchy or as if there is something in the eye.

A stye may cause the edges of the eyelid to become crusty, and a person's eyes may water a lot. In some cases, the entire eyelid may swell up. A person who has a stye may also be more sensitive to light.

A chalazion can develop without showing any symptoms. The eyelid bump may become swollen or tender. If the lump is particularly large, it may press on the eyeball, causing blurry eyesight.

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