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How hard do you think your son was hit four days ago?
I think that the basketball incident is not really related to the current issue.
He teared up and sat out for a while but shook it off pretty quickly.
It sounds like he is coming down with a chalazion or a stye
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.
Antibiotics are not indicated in this condition and the above home therapy should clear things up in a day or so.
there doesn't seem to be any visible bump
You asked when you should take him to the ophthalmologist? Well, if you are worried you can never go wrong by taking him in.
Otherwise, if the eyeball itself becomes red, if he complains that the light hurts his eye or says his vision seems to be affected. Also, sometimes, if the bump doesn't go away in a few weeks it might need to be surgically incised and drained in the eye doctors office. In an otherwise healthy 8 year old boy I would bet that it won't come to that.
Does this make sense to you?
I was puzzled because I haven't seen any kind of discharge. If anything, he eye seems dryer than normal.
When a stye is just starting there may not be a bump....only a red, perhaps tender spot.
There is not normally any external discharge with this condition
thanks. I guess we will see what the morning brings. may be an appt the the eye doc. thanks
My pleasure. Make sure he is seen by an ophthalmologist.
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