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My boyfriend (19 year old male) has had this little white bump under the middle corner of his eye for over a year now. It never itches, hurts, or irritates him. Within the last few weeks it has become red and maybe a little bigger as well. (its about the size of a bean from a TY beanie baby) I am worried about it... I have no idea what it could be though. Its obviously not any kind of acne/boil, or an insect bite since it has been there so long... Does anyone know what this might be??
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there are several possibilities , without seeing it i could not diagnose him , but here some examples of eye problems, maybe that can help, just match up which one sounds like his....the main thing though is if it gets worse or painful go to a dr. and never administer medicine to your eye before talking to a pharmacist or dr. good luck!


chalazion -- A small bump on the eyelid caused by an obstructed meibomian gland. Additional symptoms include light sensitivity, tearing and eyelid swelling. Chalazia are usually not painful unless they become infected.

nevus -- Birthmark, freckle or mole. Nevi are often brownish, but can be other colors as well, such as blue, black, reddish or skin-colored. Nevi can be raised or flat. The exact cause is unknown, but genetics and sunlight exposure appear to be factors. Some people also have freckles on the iris and/or retina.

papilloma -- Usually benign tumor, such as a wart or a skin tag; papillomas may be raised or flat, and can be a variety of colors, such as skin-colored, yellow, pink, brown or black. Eye papillomas are typically on the eyelid, but may also appear on the conjunctiva. The cause of papillomas is felt to be viral.

sty -- A small red bump on the edge of the eyelid caused by an infected gland. Additional symptoms include eyelid pain, eyelid swelling, eye pain or discomfort, foreign body sensation, light sensitivity and tearing.

xanthelasma -- A yellow, fatty spot or bump on the inner corner of either the upper eyelid, the lower one or both eyelids, often caused by a lipid disorder such as high cholesterol.

pterygium -- Triangular fold of tissue on the white of the eye that can eventually grow over part of the cornea; the cause may be irritation from sun (i.e., UV rays), dust and wind. Some people have no symptoms, while others may have redness or blurred vision. Pterygia that are chronically inflamed can become itchy.

the website i got this from is:
allaboutvision.com/conditions/eye-problems.htm
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;-) wow, thanks for all the great info!!
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ok if papilloma is a viral infection....what are some of the ways to get rid of it?? because ive had it for a like 6 years now ..
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