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What's the difference between an eyelid tumor, stye and chalizion?

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Dr. Matheson Harris
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In brief: 3 different causes

A stye is an infected hair follicle.
It is a large, red, painful bump on the front of the eyelid near the eyelashes. A chalazion is a backed up oil gland that forms a deeper nodule with overlying red skin. It is rarely painful and can hang around for awhile. There are many eyelid tumors including basal & squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma & sebaceous cell carcinoma, which can mimic a chalazion.

In brief: 3 different causes

A stye is an infected hair follicle.
It is a large, red, painful bump on the front of the eyelid near the eyelashes. A chalazion is a backed up oil gland that forms a deeper nodule with overlying red skin. It is rarely painful and can hang around for awhile. There are many eyelid tumors including basal & squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma & sebaceous cell carcinoma, which can mimic a chalazion.
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