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Can You Pop A Chalazion
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Easy: It gets smaller as it gets better. ...Read more
Depends: Could be a week. Could be forever. If you want it removed, go to the ophthalmologist. ...Read more
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
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
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
Few days: Few days to 1-2 weeks.Get a more detailed answer ›
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