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Hi. Do you see my question?
Is it possible for you to take a picture and upload it to me?
Can I do it later, say in 24 hours? I don't have my camera at the moment. How to upload the picture, btw?
You just put the picture on your desktop and then use the paperclip on your screen to browse for the "image URL" (first box on the popup screen) and then hit "insert"
If you don't want to wait I can try to figure out what is going on by chatting....but, like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words :)
OK. Should we put this on hold until I have a picture?
It you would like....
Is there anything else I should consider meanwhile?
Why don't we try to work this out without a picture........it does sound like a plugged up meibomium gland/early stye.
ok. why it stays that long without getting worse or better?
It can do that if the gland is just plugged up and doesn't have an active infection. This is common when there is an underlying condition called blepharitis.....which happens a lot.
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.
I am going to try that and accept the answer. Will I be able to ask you more if there is no improvement in 3-4 days?
Yes. Just post to this thread or ask for me at the link at the bottom of this page. I'll be happy to continue our chat at no additional charge.
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