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Painful raised bump on eyelid. What is it?

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I have developed a small raised bump on my bottom eyelid; it began as a slight discomfort but is more painful now. The spot is raised but does not appear to have a notable "head" at the pinnacle point. I assume it is a stye, so, what can I do?

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Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
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Thank you for the query at
I understand your concern.
According to your symptoms, it is most probably a Hordeolum externum (commonly called Stye).
You need to apply hot fomentation (using a small towel dipped and squeezed in tolerably hot water) over the swelling with eyes closed, for 15-20 minutes, 2-3 times a day +
a) antibiotic eyedrops (Moxifloxacin 0.5% or Gatifloxacin 0.3% - 1 drop in the affected eye, 4 times a day, i.e. - once in every 4 hours, for 7 days)
b) eye ointment Ciprofloxacin 0.3% in the eye at bedtime for 7 days.
Oral antibiotics are not usually needed unless the swelling persists beyond 3 days even with the above treatment. For the pain you can take Tablet Paracetamol 500 mg twice a day, after meals for 2 days.
The swelling will usually develop a white spot at its peak, which will finally release the creamy pus inside, after which the pain and discomfort will greatly reduce.
Hope you will find this consultation beneficial.
Feel free to discuss further,

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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