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I got this painful red bump on my eye... what can it be? it

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i got this painful red bump on my eye... what can it be? it looks small in the picture but it looks big to me in person.. its noticeable... the tip of it is white... pretty hard when i touch it

Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.
Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

Thank you for the pictures. That looks like a furuncle, which is a deep infection of a hair follicle.

Dr. Rick :

You can treat that with warm compresses and bacitracin ointment. When it comes to a head you can give it a squeeze to help it drain.

Dr. Rick :

If your eyelid starts to get more red, or if it seems to you to be spreading, more swelling etc, then you should consult your MD.

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Dr. Rick :

I see that you are offline. I'll switch over to the Q&A system. This system works a lot like 'text messaging' but an email is sent to each of us anytime something is posted to this thread. We can continue to work on your question there..... :)