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I have a little pea-like something right underneath my

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I have a little pea-like something right underneath my bottom eyelid. I don't believe it
is a sty....It does not hurt. It is hard like a kernel. What should I do to get rid of it?
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Doctor DanB : Hello and thanks for your question. Are you available to chat?
Doctor DanB : I agree. If its not red and tender it is not a stye, though considering it was tender and now isn't but is a hard bump, I suspect this may be a chalazion, which is an old stye.
Doctor DanB : Like styes, the definitive treatment for these is to use intensive hot compresses. It should be as hot as you can tolerate without burning your skin, massaging the eyelids while they are on there. This should be done 4x/day and doing this daily, it can take up to 3 weeks of this intensive regimen for them to resolve, but most will resolve within this time.  The ones that don't resolve after this need to be opened in a minor office procedure by your ophthalmologist.  But unfortunately OTC medicines that say they treat styes are essentially ineffective and don't treat the root cause of the stye, which is the blocked oil gland that usually will resolve with the heat and massages. 
Doctor DanB : Does this make sense?  Does this information help address your concerns? Do you have any other concerns or questions about this topic?    It appears as though you are not in the chat room currently.    I am happy to be able to help you today. I will also be happy to answer any other questions until you have the information you need.   If you would like to ask further questions or clarification regarding anything I've said, please let me know and I will be happy to address your concerns. Your feedback is important to me and will help me improve my encounter with future customers.  Please rate your encounter with me by providing feedback; any positive feedback and/or bonus you may feel prompted to provide would be welcomed and is appreciated.  If you feel like your concerns are not resolved or you have a problem or issue with anything I have said or haven’t said, please don’t issue a negative feedback rating—My goal is your satisfaction and I would rather work together to solve your concerns, until you are satisfied, than have you leave our encounter unhappy and unsatisfied.  My opinion is solely informative and does not constitute a formal medical opinion or recommendation. For a formal medical opinion and/or recommendation you must see an eye doctor. Thanks for your inquiry! 
Customer:

Thank you so much for your help. I was wondering if it matters if I wear eye make-up?

Doctor DanB : For the most part I don't think it matters if you wear eye make-up, but many people will stop wearing it while trying t get these resolved.
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