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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.
Since it is already draining I think you will be OK with the above treatment. You can stop the itch relief drops as they may irritate things a little bit and are actually not doing anything to help the situation.
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Does this make sense to you?
Also, the bot***** *****d is raised and swollen where the bump was draining
It has been going on for about 8 days
Yup. That sounds like a stye/chalazion.
You should probably refrain from wearing your contact lenses until this clears up.
I have not worn them since infection started. Also, intense itching
If the itch relief drops help I would be OK to continue them. You could also take 50mg of benadryl by mouth.
Do I need antibotics??
no. antibiotics are not needed in this condition, especially since it is already draining.
I am already doing all of the above, except the baby shampoo. How long does this last days or weeks??
weeks....but you are already well along on the way to it clearing up since it is draining....that is the most important step :)
Didn't think it would take this long. Thank you for all your help
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