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Posted 13 October 2019 - 12:12 PM

Disclaimer: Yes, I will take DD for a professional medical opinion, am just interested in others' opinions/experience.

So about 2 years ago, DD (now 10) had an ingrown eyelash on her upper lid.  We tried to remove it ourselves but she wouldn't let us near it so we didn't really fight it.  It has, over the last couple of years, been slowly growing into a small bump which is now slightly larger than a 100 & 1000.  It doesn't bother her in the sense of being painful or affecting her eyesight, but she is starting to become a little more self-conscious about it.

We are therefore considering what options are available to have it removed, bearing in mind that she completely freaks out about all things medical (e.g. flu shots, dental check ups, vomiting, etc.).  I'm assuming it can be removed much the same way they remove warts/moles etc. (ie. by freezing it with liquid nitrogen and cutting/lasering it off) but I doubt she will let anyone near her and stay still long enough for them to do it.  (Would they do it under a light sedation?  Am thinking general anaesthetic is a step too far...).  Are there other options?

And if the first step is a trip to the GP - what type of referral should I ask for (dermatologist?).  Or is there a walk-in service that does this sort of thing without needing a referral?

Thanks in advance.

#2 Bethlehem Babe

Posted 13 October 2019 - 12:15 PM

I had a lump on my eyelid . Ended up being referred to an ophthalmologist for treatment and removal. Local here. It wasn’t that bad. But given her previous problems, it’s worth asking about the other options.

Edited by Bethlehem Babe, 13 October 2019 - 01:31 PM.

#3 VigilantePaladin

Posted 13 October 2019 - 12:19 PM

Might be a milia that is not draining normally so will continue to get bigger. I wpuld start with your Dr and maybe move onto a dermatologist.

#4 gracie1978

Posted 13 October 2019 - 12:20 PM

Had one removed at the opthalmologist
It was pretty awful tbh

#5 BornToLove

Posted 13 October 2019 - 12:48 PM

It also sounds like milia to me. I’ve had several milia on my lower eyelids in the past. They are a hard cyst just under the skin so, need to be delicately removed by cutting the skin. Not something I would attempt on a anxious kid at home.

GP might be able to do it in their rooms, but a dermatologist would be more experienced.

Edited by BornToLove, 13 October 2019 - 12:49 PM.

#6 eponee

Posted 13 October 2019 - 01:27 PM

 gracie1978, on 13 October 2019 - 12:20 PM, said:

Had one removed at the opthalmologist
It was pretty awful tbh

Thant's pretty reassuring for the OP

#7 gracie1978

Posted 13 October 2019 - 01:49 PM

OP are you near an eye hospital, might be good to get a GP referral there. Bits really easy to damage the nerves I wouldn't be letting a dermatologist or GP near it.

TBH for a child they may even do a light sedation.

#8 lucky 2

Posted 13 October 2019 - 02:35 PM

Always gp first, to make a possible diagnosis and referral if needed.
I get what you said re a child adverse to visiting a Dr, I've got one of those!

#9 Demera

Posted 13 October 2019 - 02:46 PM

I would go to an optometrist for advice.  They remove ingrown eyelashes and would be able to tell you what's going on and what you need to do.  I'm pretty sure they can do a referral.  I personally wouldn't go to a GP. My husband has eye issues so I have some experience with optometrists.

#10 literally nobody

Posted 13 October 2019 - 03:45 PM

 eponee, on 13 October 2019 - 01:27 PM, said:

Thant's pretty reassuring for the OP

well she can’t really sugar coat it. if it hurt, it hurt.

#11 notsoretro

Posted 13 October 2019 - 06:40 PM

 Demera, on 13 October 2019 - 02:46 PM, said:

I would go to an optometrist for advice.  They remove ingrown eyelashes and would be able to tell you what's going on and what you need to do.  I'm pretty sure they can do a referral.  I personally wouldn't go to a GP. My husband has eye issues so I have some experience with optometrists.
I bought my current glasses at Costco and the optometrist referred me a specialist as there was an area of concern (it was nothing thankfully)

#12 lozoodle

Posted 13 October 2019 - 08:28 PM

I've had this, it was there for ages. I ended up going at it with a needle (I'm not recommending you do this LOL) and flicked the hair out, and then gave it a little squeeze and out popped a little round white ball - it was a milia in there.

Dr might be able to get the nurse to remove it. After that it just healed fine and it hasn't been back since.

#13 rosie28

Posted 13 October 2019 - 09:11 PM

I had an ingrown eyelash but couldn’t let it go for longer than a couple of days- it was so painful. I saw my optometrist, who had me close my eyes while she unhooked it with a needle. She had to apply a little pressure to get some funk out of it but it wasn’t too painful. If she could have her eyes closed might that help?

#14 Funwith4

Posted 14 October 2019 - 09:43 AM

 eponee, on 13 October 2019 - 01:27 PM, said:

Thant's pretty reassuring for the OP

Should she lie and say it was easy? I think it's good information and could help the OP with her decision.

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