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What are the different types of eyelid growths?

The most common eyelid growths are hordeolum, chalazia, xanthelasma, and papilloma. These each has a similar appearance but vastly different treatments. 

  • Hordeolum (Stye): These are abscesses of the eyelid that form in the glands at the base of the eyelash or along the edge of the eyelid. These are essentially pimples that form on the eyelid. They are painful, red, and may have swelling around the eyelid. 
  • Chalazia: Chalazia are caused by blockage of the glands in the eyelid. Unlike hordeolum, these are not caused by infection, but rather from small collections of normal eyelid gland secretions. These are painless and will not be red or swollen.
  • Xanthelasma: These are soft, yellow, raised areas of abnormal skin located on the eyelids near the nose. They often appear on both sides of the face and are painless. These are seen in patients with high cholesterol and some forms of liver disease.
  • Papilloma: papillomas are the result of an infection with a virus. They lead to a wart-like growth from the skin. These are commonly known as skin tags and are a form of non-cancerous tumor.

Many other types of skin lesions can also affect the eyelid, but they are less common and tend to affect the skin across the whole body as opposed to the eyelids alone.

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