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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Chalazion (Overview)

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.


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How does a chalazion differ from a stye?

How does a chalazion differ from a stye?

One's an infection: A stye is an infected eyelid gland. A chalazion is an inflammed eyelid gland. Styes are sore. Chalazia are not.

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Chalazion (Overview)

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.


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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.

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Chalazion (Tip)

Antibiotics Have side effects, why not use Warm, moist compresses? ...See more

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Diagnosed with chalazion on lower lid. Now upper and lower lid is swollen and painful. I have a lot of crust. No meds has worked. What could be wrong?

Diagnosed with chalazion on lower lid. Now upper and lower lid is swollen and painful. I have a lot of crust. No meds has worked. What could be wrong?

See your eye doctor: Probably you have a chalazion, or several, on your upper and lower eyelids. In some people these come out in groups. However, it is also possible that your eyelids have become infected, which is a more serious problem. You should be using warm wet compresses on your eye, and make an appointment to see your eye doctor. There are treatments to help, but you'll need a doctor to direct you.

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Do you know are sty and chalazion the same thing?

Sty v chalazion: A sty is an infected gland in the lid, . While a chalazion is not. The chalazion is meibomian or gland that produces the oil part of the tear film, whose excretion has been pushed into the surrounding tissue, this causes inflammation, and the body walls off. Both can be treated early with warm compresses 3-4x per day. But the sty may requuire antibiotic drops or ointment.

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Chalazion (Tip)

Pesky eyelid bump~heat it, massage it, clean it~a week or two--gone! ...See more

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I have styes or chalazion in my eye its rlly painful and irritating I did a surgery before to remove them but it still comes back can it cause cancer?

I have styes or chalazion in my eye its rlly painful and irritating I did a surgery before to remove them but it still comes back can it cause cancer?

No: This is not a cancerous or precancerous lesion. This is a blockage of a gland in the eyelid. Some people are prone to them. A warm compress is generally helpful.

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I've had a styeand more then one chalazion on my eye. When I use hot compress it gets smaller. When I stop it gets back. Ts been there for around 4 months. But I just started using the compress. Does that mean its working?

I've had a styeand more then one chalazion on my eye. When I use hot compress it gets smaller. When I stop it gets back. Ts been there for around 4 months. But I just started using the compress. Does that mean its working?

Stye and chalazion: Most styes and chalazions are treated with a combination of hot compresses twice a day and topical antibiotic, such as Bacitracin ophthalmic ointment. This treatment often achieves resolution of the stye/chalazion in 3-4 weeks. If the chalazion or stye grows bigger, it may need to be drained. If it is only a tiny knot, compresses alone may keep it controlled.

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How do you treat chalazion? (lump on the eye)

Chalazion: A chalazion is a small bump in the eyelid caused by a blockage of the inner eyelid oil gland. It is caused by a blocked duct in one of the meibomian glands. These glands are located in the eyelid (oil gland) directly behind the eyelashes that produce a thin, oily fluid that lubricates the eye. If it bothers you, and ophthalmologist can remove it with surgery, local anesthesia, "cut out".

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What will be happen to a chalazion if it last for years without being treated?? Does it become a extra skin??? Or what?

Scar tissue: Left to heal on it's own, a chronic chalazion may cause a scar or discoloration. A chalazion that does not improve with warm compresses or antibiotics should be evaluated by an eye surgeon (not an optometrist!) for treatment. It I important to distinguish this from a stye which may be an infection.

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How effective is tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) in treating chalazion?

Minimal effect: Tobradex, (tobramycin and dexamethasone) a fine combination product of tobramycin and Dexamethasone for topical use on the eye, will not penetrate into a formed chalazion. This is a cystic wall around the products of inflammation from a previous stye. Heat application in a diligent manner may get rid of the chalazion but some have to be surgically removed in a minor office procedure.

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What is the treatment for chalazion?

What is the treatment for chalazion?

Warm compresses: First step is to apply heat to your eyelid to melt the blockage causing the chalazion. The best way is to boil an egg, wrap it in cloth and put it over the eye, 10 min on, 10 min off. You can also microwave a sock with rice in it and use it. Just make sure whatever you use stays hot for 10 minutes. If that doesn't work, have your eye doc drain it.

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I have chalazion in lower eyelid it start october 2013 until now it does not heal itself what will I do to get rid my chalazion? Safe left untreated?

Chalazion: If it does not bother you and it is not red and swollen, you don't have to do anything. If it is bothering you, you may need to see an ophthalmologist for treatment with antibiotics or excision.

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I've had a chalazion for about 8months ive seen different doctors and they all tell me to put warm compressors but it gets worse when I do that?

Referral: You should see an ophthalmologist for definitive treatment such as surgical incision if all temporary measures have failed. Adhere to daily lid hygiene and avoid UV exposure by using sun glasses and hats to prevent reccurence

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What can I do to prevent chalazion cysts?

What can I do to prevent chalazion cysts?

Eyelid hygiene: Cleaning your eyelids twice daily will reduce the incidence of chalazion. Also taking flax seed oil (2 capsules per day) will help.

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How can I get a chalazion?

How can I get a chalazion?

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

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Does chalazion removal hurt?

Does chalazion removal hurt?

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

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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.

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