Do I seek medical assistance for a stye?


I started chemo in March this year and have had 3 rounds of 6.  Today I work up with a crusty left eye.  I thought it may have been hay fever however, now I can see a white pimple on my bottom eye lid right in the corner.  I’ve never had a stye before do they just clear ? 

@christinemonty  I am sorry you’re suffering with a stye! I’ve had them in the past and they can be so irritating.

I do know some good home remedies (back of a warm spoon on the stye, not too hot and don’t rub it!) But…I think while undergoing treatment anything like that should be discussed with your team just incase a different solution is needed for right now and it’s an underlying infection? No such thing as being dramatic, I’m sure they’d rather you check and be safe.


Thank you for your post. 

It is understandable that you would like to know what to do as you have noticed a change in the bottom of your right eye and are currently having chemotherapy for breast cancer. 

Chemotherapy can temporarily affect the number of blood cells in the body and that means there is a potential risk of infection. It is always best as @Shi and @Crawfy suggest contacting your treatment team promptly and talk through what you have noticed. They can assess you and advise if any treatment is required.  

Your treatment team may have given you guidelines to follow or a phone number for reporting signs of an infection, do make sure you have that information too. To help reduce your risk of infection do regularly wash and dry your hands thoroughly.  

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