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I have puffy right eye lid past week now. It's painful

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I have puffy right eye lid for the past week now. It's painful to touch and tingling at times.
what could have caused this? Is it serious and should be concerned? I have doule extraction a couple of years ago. Please respond quickly.
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One of the possibilities is that a stye( internal hordeolum). It is a kind of infection of the glands present in the eyelid. If treated early with warm compresses it resolves without any further medication. However if it goes to the next stage of cellulitis or even stage of abscess, it does require a short course of oral antibiotics. This is to prevent the infection from spreading any further( rarely untreated fulminant infections can spread to the brain especially in those with low immunity as in case of diabetes mellitus).
It is better to get the eye examined by your eye doctor or even your GP who can have a look and decide the urgency of starting oral antibiotics. Until then give warm compresses for 10 minutes thrice a day .
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