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What is the treatment for a painful red bump on my eyelid?

Painful lumps on your eyelids are most likely blocked oil glands. A chalazion is a blocked and inflamed oil gland. An hordeolum is an acutely infected oil gland.

Initial treatment should consist of hot compresses for 10 minutes, four times per day. Massage may be helpful. Topical or oral antibiotics are sometimes indicated.

If your problem does not resolve over several weeks, if it worsens, or if you develop significant pain, you should seek evaluation by an eye doctor. Incision and drainage may be carried out in your eye doctor's office if your problem is severe, or does not resolve in several weeks.

Older patients with recurrent chalazia and chronic eyelid changes should be evaluated by an eye doctor to rule out sebaceous gland carcinoma.

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