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Styes and Eyelid Bumps

Expert Q&A


Updated April 28, 2014

Q. My 5 yr old daughter has what looks like a pimple on the edge of her eyelid. I cannot tell if it is from an insect bite or maybe a cut that got irritated. The head burst today and a little bit of white stuff came out. Her eye is becoming more swollen and I am unsure as to what to do to make it go away. Currently we are out of country in Peru, visiting family. Please help. William, Killeen, TX

A. If you have noticed other bites, then it could be an insect bite, but it is probably a stye, which often appear as red, swollen bumps on a child's eyelid and look like pimples. Does it look like this picture of a stye?

Surprisingly to many people, a child's eyelid has 100s of small glands near their eyelashes. They help to lubricate the eye, but can become blocked (chalazion) and infected (stye).

The main treatment for a stye is the frequent use of warm compresses 3 to 4 times a day for about 10 minutes at a time. When infected, especially when red and tender, they may also need to be treated with an antibiotic ointment or antibiotic eye drops.

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