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Chalazion keeps popping and growing back. Now looks like a part has broke off and formed a small lump higher up in eyelid near the socket crease. Help?

Chalazion keeps popping and growing back. Now looks like a part has broke off and formed a small lump higher up in eyelid near the socket crease. Help?

Several events: A chalazion is the end product of an inflammation of the lid termed a stye. If the body does not conquer it completly it can wall it off making a cyst called a chalazion. There are many lid glands each of which can do this so its probably not a part break off but a new event. You are in a phase of formation of these and should get the advice of an ophthalmologist the treat and prevent them. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Chalazion (Definition)

A blocked oil gland where the lashes meet the skin. The oil gets made but cannot get out, so it becomes trapped and stagnant and can get infected. Use warm compresses and see eye doctor as may ...Read more


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I believe I have a chalazion. I want to pop it in the shower after I've been in there for a while so the steam can make the puss inside easier to come out. Then i'll clean it after with soap. Do you think that's safe?

I believe I have a chalazion. I want to pop it in the shower after I've been in there for a while so the steam can make the puss inside easier to come out. Then i'll clean it after with soap. Do you think that's safe?

Don't pop it!: Popping can force germs into the eyelid farther. Do use hot compresses for 30 min at a time, with an hour off between) and this may cause it to drain. If it is no better after 3 days, or gets a lot worse, or if you have increasing redness, swelling of the eyelid, or fever, or blurry vision, get seen right away at your doc, an UC or an ER. ...Read more

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My chalazion looks like it's gonna pop before my appointment with doctor next week. What should I do if it's popped on its own?

My chalazion looks like it's gonna pop before my appointment with doctor next week. What should I do if it's popped on its own?

Apply heat: Using very warm, wet soaked washcloths, you can encourage the "popping" and help the lid heal after drainage. Hopefully that will take place and you can cancel your appointment. ...Read more

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Would it be safe to pop a chalazion on the top of my eye lid?

Would it be safe to pop a chalazion on the top of my eye lid?

Sure: It is preferable to have the chalazion drain thru its natural pore. If you pop it, there is more likely to be a scar in that location and the risk for infection is greater. You should see an eye md for medical treatment options. ...Read more

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Is it safe to pop a chalazion on the top of my eye lid?

Is it safe to pop a chalazion on the top of my eye lid?

Usually: Heating a chalazion and expressing the oil built up inside is the primary treatment. Some people require surgery. Hopefully, the oil will come out the normal opening. If it comes through the eyelid, it may leave a scar. If your are not sure, see your specialist eye md. ...Read more

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I have a chalazion in my bottom eyelid. It's pretty swollen and ugly. Is there a way to "pop" it? I cannot afford surgery. I've had it for too long.

I have a chalazion in my bottom eyelid. It's pretty swollen and ugly. Is there a way to "pop" it? I cannot afford surgery. I've had it for too long.

Chalazions: These do require surgical 'unroofing' so that they don't come back. Even, if there was a way to just 'pop' them, they would return fairly quickly. Sorry that there is no quick and easy answer about it. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I get a chalazion?

Acute stye: Can turn into a chalazion after it's walled off by the body. ...Read more

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Does chalazion removal hurt?

Does chalazion removal hurt?

No: Local anesthesia is used and there typically is no discomfort. ...Read more

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Can chalazion have to be removed?

Can chalazion have to be removed?

No: Sometimes conservative treatment with warm compresses will cause them to resolve. Some will resolve with an injection of steroids. ...Read more

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What are the causes of chalazion?

What are the causes of chalazion?

Clogged gland: A chalazion starts as a clogged oil gland in which the oil seeps into the tissue inciting an inflammatory reaction. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about chalazions?

Can you tell me about chalazions?

Lump in lid: When you get a stye, the body activates a defense, creating inflammation of the lid. In most cases the battle is won and all clears up. But in a few cases, the body almost wins but protects itself by sealing off the infection with a wall which is a cystic structure called a chalazion. These are benign, can last along time and can be removed if too big. ...Read more

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I have a chalazion. What can I do?

Try heat: This is one of the end products of the lids battle to remove a stye in which it walls off the infected tissue. Frequent applications of very hot washcloths can sometimes get rid of it. Otherwise, if it is obvious and bothersome, your ophthalmologist can remove it in a minor office procedure. ...Read more

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How to deal with a recurring chalazion?

How to deal with a recurring chalazion?

Try omega-3: You could try taking flax seed oil capsules, 1000mg twice daily orally to improve the oil content in the gland that causes the chalazion (meibomian gland). Another alternative is daily Doxycycline capsules. ...Read more

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How long willit take a chalazion to go?

How long willit take a chalazion to go?

1-2 weeks: With conservative care, a chalazion will take 1-2 weeks to resolve--this includes warm soaks 4 times a day. If it does not resolve in that time frame, you will need to see an eye specialist for possible drainage. ...Read more

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What to do to make the chalazion go away?

What to do to make the chalazion go away?

See your eye doctor: See your eye doctor and start on antibiotics. It may require drainage/removal if stubborn. Do not ignore the infection, as it can cause problems. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for chalazions?

Are there any home remedies for chalazions?

Yes: Yes. Frequent warm compresses and lid scrubs (ocusoft plus works well). If no improvement, go see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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What are causes of chalazion? And its recurrence

What are causes of chalazion? And its recurrence

Bacteria: When your eyelashes become colonized with bacteria, the bacteria likes to go into the oil glands of your eyelids. The bacteria then causes a blockage of the gland and a chalazion starts to form. Washing your eyelashes daily with baby shampoo is 85% effective of preventing recurrence of chalazia. Sometimes people need either topical or oral antibiotics to help. Decolonization is key. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the main symptoms of chalazion?

Can you tell me the main symptoms of chalazion?

Sore lump: A painful lump within your eye lid is the hallmark of this. ...Read more

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Can you wear make-up while you have a chalazion?

Can you wear make-up while you have a chalazion?

Yes: Make up is neutral as far as the course of a chalazion is concerned. Make up might improve the appearance and make you feel better. Be sure and check with your ophthalmologist if the lesion is persistent or the vision is diminished. ...Read more

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Someone- please help! I think I have a chalazion?

Chalazion: A chalazion is a painless lump in the upper or lower eyelid. It is a clogged gland that is inflamed. Treatment consists for frequent hot soaks to the area. If this does not make it resolve in a few weeks, then see an ophthalmologist for management. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: chalazion?

Blocked oil gland: A blocked oil gland where the lashes meet the skin. The oil gets made but cannot get out, so it becomes trapped and stagnant and can get infected. Use warm compresses and see eye doctor as may need medicine and drainage. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will my chalazion last?

Depends: Could be a week. Could be forever. If you want it removed, go to the ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Are there any effective home remedies for a chalazion?

Are there any effective home remedies for a chalazion?

Warm compresses: If the lesion does not resolve within a few days you should see your ophthalmologist for consideration of additional medical or surgical treatment. ...Read more

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Is it common for a chalazion to last more than a month?

Yes: They can last months or even years. You should treat it by putting a warm compress on your eyelid 3-4 times per day. If is does not get better in a month, see an ophthalmologist. These can be cured with a small office procedure. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to have chalazion to be incised?

At least weeks: Chalazia will often resolve with warm compresses. It it does not after 6 weeks to 3 months, surgical intervention is appropriate. Some practitioners will recommend surgery sooner, or later. ...Read more

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How long ooes it normally take for a chalazion to heal?

How long ooes it normally take for a chalazion to heal?

Months: If left untreated most chalazions take months to heal. With warm compresses and antibiotics early on this can be shortened to several weeks. ...Read more

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What if you had a chalazion for 3 months, what do you do?

What if you had a chalazion for 3 months, what do you do?

Observe or surgery: Make sure it's the correct diagnosis, then evaluation for removal if very large or troublesome and not improving on its own. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sty (Hordeolum) (Definition)

A red, painful lump near the edge of the eyelid that may look like a boil or pimple. ...Read more