Do you have a hard bump on your eyelid? Has it been there a long time and you find it more annoying than bothersome? If so, you might have a chalazion.
In this video, Dr. Jaclyn Garlich will discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatments of a chalazion.
If you don’t like the video or want more information, continue reading.
Causes and symptoms of a chalazion
A chalazion is a blocked oil gland in the eyelid. Our upper and lower eyelids have over 20 long, skinny, tubular glands that produce the oily layer of our tears. When one of these glands becomes blocked, this can result in a chalazion.
Note: In contrast to a hordeolum (stye), a chalazion is no longer an active infection of the eyelid.
The most common symptom is a red bump that appears in the upper or lower lid. Occasionally, it can be painful but the pain is typically localized to one specific area on the lid. Most people find it more cosmetically annoying than irritating.
How to get rid of a chalazion
Having a bump on your eyelid is annoying (both physically and cosmetically). With this in mind, here are a few treatment options to consider.
At home treatments
The first (and easiest) one is actually a home remedy. Warm compresses can do wonders if started as soon as you notice symptoms. For a warm compress to be effective, you need to have hot heat on the eyelid for at least 10 minutes at a time, several times a day.
Using a hot washcloth doesn’t work well because the heat will dissipate quickly. Instead, I recommend patients use a Bruder mask or make their own hot compress by filling a sock with uncooked rice and microwaving it for 10-15 seconds.
If there is no improvement with a warm compress, often times your eye doctor can prescribe a topical medication or recommend surgical excision, depending on the case.
There are also other non-surgical treatments, like oral antibiotics or intense pulsed light, commonly known as IPL. Your eye doctor can discuss if this is right for you.
While not painful, having a chalazion is annoying! Hopefully you now have a good idea of what a chalazion is, why they occur, and how to treat them. As always, I recommend chatting with an eye care professional about your specific situation!
Do you think you have a chalazion? Talk to your eye care provider to customize a treatment plan for you.
Have you tried any at home or professional remedies to get rid of a chalazion? If so, feel free to comment below!