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Chalazion (Lump in Eyelid)

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Comment from: Mark, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 11

I found the sooner I started treating the chalazion, the better - over time they harden and get stubborn. If I felt one coming (sore eye, redness, swelling, etc.), I start treating immediately. Hot, moist compress 3 plus times a day, 10 to 15 minutes a time. I make it as hot as I could stand it but not painful. Massage the area in between reapplying cloth and after. Drink apple cider vinegar diluted in water daily and apply neat to affected area of eyelid twice daily. Take flaxseed oil daily. Clean eyes with Blephasol morning and night.

Comment from: Andy101, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 06

My chalazion started around 5 weeks back in the upper right eyelid. Now there is one in my lower eyelid also and one small one on the left eye. I have done just warm compresses so far, taking fish oil and lysine as supplements. I am avoiding sugar and dairy products. I am scheduled to meet the surgeon in two days. Let's hope it doesn't come back visually not appealing. Thinking of getting dark tinted glasses for office.

Comment from: Leah, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I've had chalazions for 6 months now. I have had 6 surgeries, and tried ointments, antibiotics, hot compresses, tea bags, everything. Three weeks ago, the doctor shot steroids into my eyelids. They came back. Not sure what to do now. It's in the middle inside of my eye. Not eyelid.

Comment from: poor patient, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

Warm compresses didn't work for my chalazion and antihistamine made my eyelid swelling worse. Next step was steroid injection but my doctor wanted to wait for another 2 weeks and continue with warm compresses. I used green tea bags as well to be put for 10 minutes. But it didn't help much. It did take away the eyelid swelling but no effect on chalazion. Finally I tried castor oil before going to bed and kept it overnight. In one night chalazion reduced about 50 percent, then another 25 percent. It is hardly noticeable now.

Comment from: PGERRY3, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 10

The treatment for my chalazion was oral antibiotics (doxycycline 100 mg once daily for two months), with consistent warm compress applied throughout the day combined with morning, mid-day, and evening washing (very mild facial cleanser for sensitive skin). After doing this process, the chalazion and surrounding redness have all but disappeared. I believe with the warm compress and good hygiene for another week or two and it will be as good as new. Patience and persistence.

Comment from: Janice R, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

My chalazion lump was not that large but the whole eye area was red and swollen. The antibiotics made me sick but when I stopped them I could feel the swelling move down my face to my throat. The hot compresses did not work for me. So I started steaming and after 24 days this little grain of grit came out of my eye. My doctor said ok to steaming. Take a medium to large pot, add 1 to 2 inches of water, and throw in some chamomile tea or flowers. Bring to boil and remove from heat. Put a towel over your head (like a tent) and bend over the open pot of hot tea. Set your phone timer for 5 to 8 minutes. Keep your eyes open most of the time. Raise and lower head according to temperature of water. You are really steaming your face with tea. Deeper water in pot means it stays warm longer (also a hot shower and shampoo creates a lot of steam). Good luck!

Comment from: Carolyn W., Female (Patient) Published: September 15

Thank you all for this much-needed information! I'm dealing with my first chalazions, one large, one small; both under my right eyelid. They are indeed painful, though most articles say they aren't, and you're very susceptible if you have dry eyes. My doctor disagrees with surgery though, since it damages the glands needed for eye lubrication. I've had one cortisone shot so far; he says it will take three weeks to absorb. We'll see after that what's next. Good luck to all!

Comment from: Marilyn, 65-74 (Patient) Published: August 24

I have been diagnosed with chalazia yesterday, and have been doing hot compresses. The swelling and redness have spread to my cheek. I didn't see any other listings about that.

Comment from: Carol, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

I just had my 5th surgery for chalazions yesterday. One upper, and one lower. It is the first time my Dr. put me out. I have been awake 4 times. I believe my previous scar tissue is why I keep getting them. I do like the recommendation of exercising to help increase body temperature. Three years ago, I used warm compresses so often that it popped from the outside. Once it had a scab, I ripped it off and got it was gone. I tried that again, to no avail. Thanks for all of your recommendations.

Comment from: She isn't a MONSTER, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 14

My fifteen year old daughter has MULTIPLE chalazions on her eyelids. They have been there for 18 months. She has done warm compresses and antibiotic eye ointment for the entire time. She has been on oral antibiotic for the past two months (1 month of Keflex and now Doxycycline). We have seen a little improvement and have a month of antibiotics left. We are praying she heals completely and that they NEVER come back. It is difficult for her at such a sensitive age group but believe it or not it is more difficult for me to hear her say she looks like a MONSTER.

Comment from: Summer, 65-74 Female Published: September 20

I have a chalazion on my top eyelid at the moment and am applying moist warm compresses twice a day along with an antibiotic. It has gone down in size considerably although I'm not certain it is going away completely and I am going away for a week. Before I began the compresses it was so large and it felt like something was in my eye but I am hopeful it will disappear. Eye makeup (liner) needs to be removed ladies each night to keep your eyelids free. Not sure if that was my problem but it certainly didn't help.

Comment from: R. J. Clapham, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 05

An alternative treatment for a chalazion other than undergoing surgery can be found in a book.

Comment from: mario, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 25

I was diagnosed with chalazion today. It is on the left upper eyelid. The thing which worries me most is the fact that the vision on the left eye is diminished. It is as if myopia came back. The doctor said that the lump pushes the eye and this causes the abnormality of vision.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I first discovered having chalazion two weeks ago after having that lump on my upper eyelid for four months. The doctor highly doubts that it will go away even with warm washcloth on it twice a day. I am scheduled for surgery in three weeks. I am very nervous.

Comment from: medea, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

My opthalmologist never used the term "chalazion," but it bothered me so that he peeked at it, then sent me home with ointment. A month later it was sore, huge, infected, and just painful. Yesterday he cut it out of me. It was the most painful event I've had thus far! He dug and dug and cut, snipped, and sliced his way down deep into my lower lid. Then he told his nurse to send if off to a pathologist to “check.” I get into this site after being able to deal with blinking not hurting and voila. I see that what I had – a chalazion. Here's the weird thing. I got it after getting a gift of eyeliners for my birthday in October. A few weeks after using this new makeup (I've been makeup free for decades), I started noticing a small lump right around the pore of my eyelash. I will NEVER wear eye liner again! -- Medea

Comment from: roger, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 27

I have had several bouts of these lumps. On more than one occasion, I have had to have them surgically removed.

Comment from: Chalazion1, Female (Patient) Published: December 14

I have had this condition on and off for about 2 years now. Sometimes they hurt but they usually go away on their own. I had no idea this is what it was until I saw this article. I'll try the hot compresses as I have two non-painful ones that have been ongoing for several days. Hopefully they will go away soon.

Comment from: Lookie, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 19

I had a chalazion that did not go away and I had to have doctors operate. The chalazion came back and the doctors did not wanted to operate. I tried and antibiotic for seven days and it did not work. Then instead of going to the ophthalmologist I went to a dermatologist and he gave me Cipro, which worked for me.

Comment from: kumar, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 11

My chalazion was surgically removed from the eyelid. It took about 15 minutes. Local anesthesia was used. Some pain was felt due to the injection given for anesthesia. There is no guarantee that it will not occur again. I was prescribed eye drops to avoid infection during healing period.

Comment from: Bhelle, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 23

My daughter is just a three year old girl and she has this kind of lump oh her lower eyelid. I thought it just a simple sty but it was a chalazion. Her ophthalmologist recommends that she undergo surgery. I'm afraid that the surgery will leave deformities on her eye.

Comment from: krsand, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 28

I have had one chalazion surgically removed. Now I have a second one, but it is still small, so I only treat it with warm compresses.

Comment from: Missy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I have had two surgeries to remove chalazions. The first time I was 15 years old, and the second time I was in my late twenties. I am now 62 and never had any since. The surgery was a piece of cake. It was just freezing and removal. Basically painless.

Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 31

I am in the process of having another chalazion surgically removed. This will be about the 10th time. I initially went the medication and compress route and they have never worked. The anticipation of surgery is worse than actual removal. The recovery time is minimal. Trust me, the discomfort of having them is far worse than the removal.

Comment from: HRC, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I had one removed last year. It was quick and painless. The worst part of the entire procedure was the shot to numb the area. It healed quickly and had no residual pain or problems.

Comment from: Sydney, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I was diagnosed chalazion and the doctor prescribed antibiotics to take orally 3 times a day and a medicated eye drop. I am supposed to do this for one week. He also told me to compress the eyelid with a warm towel a few minutes and massage the eye lid a few times a day. I am to return to the doctor if the condition does not improve after one week.

Comment from: AD, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I have a chalazion on my lower eye lid. It doesn't hurt, not swollen, just red, hard, like a little pebble-type lump or cyst. It just appeared about 2 weeks ago and at first it didn't bother me, but as time goes on, it becomes very itchy and hard against my eye. Warm compresses didn't work, and I got the eye drops today from my doctor, but I am scheduling an appointment ASAP to get it lanced. It is extremely irritating and I constantly feel like something is in my eye. I hope I don't get any more of them. My bet is to just have it surgically removed.

Comment from: malinqi, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 02

1. Incision and curettage. 2. Antibiotics.

Comment from: Nancy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

My chalazion was to be surgically removed, but when the doctor was numbing my eyelid the chalazion burst. The doctor then had to cut and clean out the area where the chalazion was. While doing this the doctor found two more on the same eyelid.

Comment from: dano, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 30

My ophthalmologist prescribed warm to hot moist packs on the eyelid 3 times/day until the swelling subsided, along with a mild topical antibiotic eye drops to be administered 4 times/day for a week.

Comment from: michel, 25-34 Published: July 19

One teaspoon of turmeric powder twice a day with plenty of water works for my chalazion. I also wash my face twice a day with gentle soap and warm water. Then gently massage my eye after I'm done washing my face. Not for very long, only 10 to 15 seconds and after two days of doing this the lump is almost invisible and the swellings gone.

Comment from: 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 16

I have a two year old that the Dr. told me today he had a chalazion on his upper eyelid as well as pinkeye. They don't actually sit still for a wash cloth on their eye. He has been good so far with the drops.

Comment from: 35-44 (Patient) Published: May 11

I have had mine for over 6 weeks now so went to doctors and he is referring me for surgery. I am trying the hot compresses in the meantime.

Comment from: Happy Now, 45-54 Female Published: September 08

I had a chalazion for over 8 months, and none of the remedies on the Internet were helpful. Then, I had a cold sore, and popped L-Lysine like crazy 2,000 MG about 4x a day and within a few days no more cold sore and NO MORE CHALAZION! Hope this really helps and wasn't just a coincidence!

Comment from: ourpeanuts2, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 27

My daughter has been getting chalazions since before she was 2 years old. At first our pediatrician thought it to be a sty, but in closer looking saw it wasn't the bump on the eyelash line of the lid and sent us to an eye specialist and my daughter was diagnosed with a chalazion because she had had it for a period of time with no medicines nor warm compresses working, she went to surgery. We have been able to determine that my daughter gets excess oil and histamine built up and have had many recurring chalazions and only 2 surgeries in the last 6 years. Everyone likes to think these are sty's but I must constantly say it's not a sty.

Comment from: Andy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 01

My doctor removed my chalazion in a simple operation using a local anesthetic. It took about 10 minutes to perform, just a little discomfort as a clamp holds your eyelid whilst the doctor uses both hands to do the work. Drops are used to keep your eye moist and I never saw what went on. I had an antibiotic gel put in and an eye patch to keep on for about 4 hours, after taking it off I used the gel 3 times a day until all was back to normal.

Comment from: Kannika, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I have also got some chalazion on my eyelid. I visited one doctor he gave me medicines and drops but months pass no changes occurred until now, now he is telling to do operation and remove it. I am very afraid I can't do that.

REFERENCES:

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