My daughter is 12 years old and easily prone to eye infections. She keeps getting boils under her eyes which are sometimes painful. What is the reason and treatment for it? Mansi Pawar, Kolhapur
Styes are the most common types of lid infections, usually caused by a Staphylococcus infection of the glands at the edge of the lashes and accompanied with pain and swelling. Low grade infection of the lash margin called blepharitis also contributes to this problem. This is usually painful but short-lived. The best way to prevent this is to wash the eyes with hot water and soap every night, and if you are getting recurrent infections, use an antiseptic ointment like Mozxifloxacin and rub into the lashes twice a day for 40 days to get the edges of the lashes and the lid sterile. This should solve the problem in the interim measure.