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Yes. A stye can definitely stay the lid for that long. I know it has been there for some time but there is some at home things you can try:
The most common cause for swelling or bump on the eyelid is a chalazion or a stye. These bumps form when a gland in your eyelid gets plugged up and possibly infected. It is very often associated with a condition called blepharitis.
The treatment for this condition, however, is not antibiotics but rather cleaning the eyelids with baby shampoo. Buy some unscented baby shampoo and, in the shower, put the shampoo on your index fingers. Close your eyes, and raise your eyelids (to get skin out of the way) and scrub back and forth along your EYELASH margin. This is where the gland openings are located. The warm water will soften the gunk in the plugged glands, the friction and pressure of your fingers will massage the glands, forcing the gunk out and the shampoo will wash it away. You can also use warm compress to the affected lids during the day as your schedule allows.
This treatment will help to treat the bump on your eyelid while at the same time solving your underlying blepharitis. The lump may take many weeks to go away but you should notice some improvement in a few days or so.
Now. If you are like most mothers, you've most likely already tried the above treatments.
If this hasn't worked, then the best thing to do is have her examined by an ophthalmologist. If it is a stye for sure, and resistant to the above treatments, then it can be cured with simple excision and drainage.....
of course nothing, when it concerns three year old girls and medical treatment, is simple. She would, most likely, have to be at least sedated and at most put under general anesthesia -- squirming kids and sharp instruments next to the eyeball do not mix well :o)
Does this make sense to you?
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No not yet, I have not tried the shampoo yet but will do. I was more worried that it stayed so long didn't think a stye could take that long to go away. Thank you
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