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Small white spot on inner corner of right eye, redness. History of sty's. Cause of worry?

I noticed early last night that there is a small raised white spot on the white of my right eye by the inner corner. My eye is also red and veiny in the only that spot. There is a little discomfort on the rim of my eye lid which I can now tell its a sty which I get often, but no pain on my eye itself where the white bump is. Should I be concerned, and are the bump on my eye and the sty connected in some way?
Asked On : Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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The swelling you describe on the white part of your eye called the sclera appears to be what is known as Episcleritis. As the name suggests, this is an inflammation of the sclera commonly seen in patients, often women with a history of rheumatic or rheumatoid arthritis. This is common but not mandatory. If this is the first time you have the problem, a blood work up is not mandatory. Treatment involves eye drops containing an antiinflammatory component like Ketorolac used 3 times a day and a low potency steroid eye drop that does not elevate eye pressure like Loteprednol used 4 times a day for 5 to 7 days, not more. This condition is not related to the stye and is just an incidental finding. The stye may be treated with a local application of antibiotic eye ointment.
Answered: Sat, 23 Feb 2013
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