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Swelling on the right upper eyelid.

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My left eye was itchy and initially I thought it was allergies so I stopped wearing contacts. Then I peaked underneath my upper eyelid and found a bump.  I thought a had a stye/chalazion on the inside upper eyelid of my left eye--until I found an identical bump in the same location in my right eye upper eyelid. Is this a part of the eyelid anatomy--I can't find any information about it whatsoever.

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It seems like you are suffering from Stye of the eyelid. They can sometimes occur on both the lids.

Stys are very common problems which occur when one of the glands at the edge of the eyelid becomes clogged. They further get infected with bacteria called Staph. Aureus They can be very stubborn and take a while to clear up, from weeks to months. Most of the time, no specific medical treatment other than warm compresses is needed, which should be applied multiple times throughout the day to help the sty come to a head and drain out.

1) Often when the sty does not have spontaneous resolution, a numbing agent like topical Lignocaine is applied on the swelling. This will help in easing the irritation of the sty.

2) Application of a warm compress or warm washcloth to the affected area for 10-15 minutes, four to six times a day should be continued for speed rupture of the sty. This will aid in the relief of symptoms. A sty should not be pressed or squeezed to facilitate drainage, since this can spread or worsen the infection.

3) Make sure you don't wear contact lenses on the eye with sty.

4) Eat a good balanced diet with good portion of proteins carbohydrates and vitamins. Consume

If the sty does not rupture or heal spontaneously, you can consult an ophthalmologist for Lancet dissection. It is a minor OPD procedure where the sty is removed with a surgical lancet under local anesthesia.

Thank you.

Dr. John Monheit
Category: Family Physician-GP
Residecny: North Colorado Family Medicine
Medical School: The Chicago Medical Center
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