It is important to note that there are various possible causes of red bumps on the eyelid which includes insect bites or other serious health issues. If the individual develops bumps on his/her eyelids, a doctor should be consulted for proper assessment and an accurate diagnosis.
Conditions that causes red bumps on the eyelid
Blepharitis is a condition characterized by inflamed eyelids due to an eyelash follicle that is infected. The condition is considered unsightly and uncomfortable.
A sty can cause red bumps on or around the edge of the eyelid and can cause pain and usually filled with pus. In most cases, a sty vanishes within a week without requiring any medications.
A chalazion or Meibomian gland lipogranuloma is also a bump on the eyelid. This is different from a sty since it is usually painless and the lump points towards the direction of the eyeball instead of resting on the eyelid.
The symptoms of blepharitis include a reddened, inflamed eyelid along with difficulty opening the eye upon waking up in the morning due to the crust over the eyelash area. Other symptoms include pain when eyes are exposed to light, red eyes and eyelashes that grow in a downward direction or towards the eyeball. A doctor should be consulted if these symptoms persist despite meticulous care.
A sty striking resembles a boil which is red and swollen. The red bumps are usually filled with pus that can drain. In most cases, a sty will have no effect on vision. A doctor should be consulted if the swelling spreads to other parts of the face or if it does not subside within a week.
A chalazion can cause sore inflammation and reddening of the eyelid, tearing of the eyelid if scrubbed and sensitive soreness surrounding the eyelid area.
Causes of red bumps on the eyelid
- When it comes to blepharitis, it is caused by various conditions including dandruff in the scalp and eyebrows, allergic reaction to eye cosmetics or contact lenses and mites buried in the eyelashes. These can cause the oil glands at the base of the eyelashes to incorrectly function.
- A sty can be triggered by various factors such as touching the eyes using dirty hands that contain bacteria or staphylococcus.
- A chalazion develops once the Meibomian glands positioned at the base of the eyelids are clogged or blocked.
Management of red bumps on the eyelids
There are various treatment options available for each condition and each case eventually vanishes without any medications within a week up to a month of experiencing the symptoms.
You can relieve the pain and facilitate the healing process by applying a warm washcloth on the area for 10-15 minutes at 4 times every day. In case the symptoms persist, the doctor might prescribe antibiotics or a steroid cream. The last resort involves surgical removal of the red bumps.
For prevention, always keep the hands clean by cleansing on a regular basis using water and soap or utilize a hand sanitizer. In addition, avoid sharing make-up products that are applied on the eyes and keep all contact lenses properly sanitized.