Understand your yellow or white eye bump symptoms, including 4 causes and common questions.
4 causes yellow or white eye bump
This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.
Stye and chalazion
A stye (or hordeolum) is an infection in the upper or lower eyelid. There are three glands around the eye and one of them is infected.
Top Symptoms: swelling of one eyelid, redness around the eye, feeling of something in the eye, eyelid lump, eyelid pain
Symptoms that always occur with stye and chalazion: swelling of one eyelid
Symptoms that never occur with stye and chalazion: fever
Inflamed eyelid (blepharitis)
Inflamed eyelid, or blepharitis, is a bacterial infection of the skin at the base of the eyelashes.
If the oil glands around the eyelashes become clogged, normal skin bacteria will multiply in the oil and cause infection. The glands can become blocked due to dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows; allergies to eye makeup or contact lens solution; or eyelash mites or lice.
Symptoms include red, swollen, painful eyelids; oily, dandruff-like flakes of skin at the base of the eyelashes; and eyelashes that grow abnormally or fall out.
If the symptoms do not clear with hygiene, see a medical provider. Blepharitis can become chronic and lead to infections of the eyelids and cornea; dry eyes which cannot take contact lenses; and scarring and deformity of the eyelids.
Diagnosis is made through physical examination of the eyelids, under magnification and through skin swab of the eyelashes.
Treatment includes warm compresses and careful washing of the eyelids; antibiotics in pill or cream form; steroid eyedrops; and treatment for any underlying condition such as dandruff or rosacea.
Top Symptoms: eye itch, sensitivity to light, eye redness, feeling of something in the eye, dry eyes
Symptoms that never occur with inflamed eyelid (blepharitis): severe eye pain
Whiteheads are caused by hair follicles becoming clogged with oil & dead skin cells. When the clogged pore is closed to the air by a layer of skin cells, the oil/dead skin cells remains white (as opposed to a blackhead).
Top Symptoms: small facial lump, yellow or white facial bump
Symptoms that always occur with whitehead: small facial lump, yellow or white facial bump
Familial hypercholesterolemia is a genetic disorder that causes LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels to be very high. The condition begins at birth and can cause heart attacks at an early age.
Top Symptoms: swollen achilles, achilles tendon pain
Symptoms that never occur with familial hypercholesterolemia: achilles tendon pain
Urgency: Primary care doctor
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Questions your doctor may ask about yellow or white eye bump
- Does light bother your eyes more than usual?
- Do you feel like there is something in your eye?
- Do you have dry eyes?
- Have you ever been diagnosed with a psychiatric issue, such as depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, or anxiety disorder?
Self-diagnose with our free Buoy Assistant if you answer yes on any of these questions.
Yellow or white eye bump symptom checker statistics
People who have experienced yellow or white eye bump have also experienced:
- 10% Eye Pain
- 10% Eye Redness In One Eye
- 8% Swelling Of The Eye Area
People who have experienced yellow or white eye bump were most often matched with:
- 33% Stye And Chalazion
- 33% Inflamed Eyelid (Blepharitis)
- 33% Whitehead
People who have experienced yellow or white eye bump had symptoms persist for:
- 34% Less than a week
- 23% Over a month
- 22% Less than a day
Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant.