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Chalazion (Lump in Eyelid)

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Did your chalazion cause any pain? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Rukhsar, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I had a chalazion a few years ago which was removed surgically, but still after 4 years I feel pain in my eye and even the slightest touch or poke makes my eye swell. Particularly whenever I apply eye makeup, the swelling rarely goes.

Comment from: Charlii, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

Ugh! I had a chalazion for 2 months almost. Finally managed to get it surgically removed but it left a bump in my eyelid. I went from having a gigantic chalazion to having what looks like a small chalazion. Also, I wonder if my eyelid will ever go back to normal. It's very noticeable and I cannot imagine going back for surgery. It is very uncomfortable! I don't know how some people here say it was quick and painless. It was quick alright, but definitely not painless.

Comment from: inner stye, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

I've had a stye in the inner, lower eyelid for two weeks now. We bought OTC stye ointment but it hasn't helped. Two chalazions are next to each other in their own pockets. It is very painful, hard and presses on my eyeball causing headaches and feelings of sharp glass and blurred vision. I am going to the eye doctor tomorrow and hopefully get it removed. Will post again after appointment.

Comment from: soar eye, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I had a large lump on the outside of my eye lower lid and it was treated with oral antibiotics and cream and drops. I had it surgically removed only to have it return within 5 days. It was removed again and 4 days later both eyes had. The new eye chalazion has the whole under eye blocked and very sore. I saw the ophthalmologist again so I am on more antibiotics and both eyes will have surgery. I must stay on treatment for 6 weeks and also he told me to take flax seed every day. The new chalazion is very painful and keeps bursting. I am having warm water washes and doing everything, but not having much luck.

Comment from: Beachlover, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I have two chalazions, one in the upper lid and one in the bottom. I had surgery to remove them and they came back and started to grow a few days after surgery. I don't think they ever went away completely. It's been 6 months that I have them. After the surgery the bump grew more in the back than near the lid, so it is less noticeable. Not sure what to do to get rid of it.

Comment from: Selena, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I had a chalazion removed from my upper eye lid. I hate needles so that was difficult. The drops also burnt my eyes. I didn't realize they were so sensitive. I could feel the clamp being tightened on my lid so needed more anesthetic. The clamp still hurt. I found the worst bit when eye lid is clamped back. Felt like it was being ripped or pulled far out. I couldn't feel the cut to the chalazion but the cleaning out with the sharp tool was uncomfortable. I hated it but it was quick, like 10 minutes.

Comment from: Working gal in MA, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I had it on inside lower lid, a nurse at my work said it was most likely a Chalazion, I thought it was a sty. I did have pain the first week and it blew up to a noticeable lump with a white puss looking dot in the middle. It has gone way down with a small white dot and is not really painful anymore. This is the end of week 2. Because I didn't look into what this was right away I have not been using the warm towel treatment, will start tonight. I thought my contact and makeup was prolonging the healing.

Comment from: NoMore, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I have had what I thought to be recurring sty's in my right eye that have been treated with antibiotic drops and oral antibiotics only to keep coming back for the last couple of years. Saw an ophthalmologist and was told it was a chalazion and needed to be surgically removed. Had it done yesterday shots in eye were uncomfortable but tolerable. Having a bit of swelling and bruising today so stayed home from work. Hope it doesn't come back.

Comment from: dino, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 22

I have had a small lump on the upper eyelid near the eyelashes for about 6 weeks. No pain just occasional discomfort and feeling that vision is a bit blurred. Diagnosed today by GP as a chalazion. Since it has not got worse and may disappear itself advice to me is waiting and seeing if it becomes a problem operation under local anesthetic was suggested.

Comment from: MJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I've had two chalazions now in the past four months. I had one on the top right eyelid and one on the bottom left eyelid. They hurt a little in the first few days -- like little pin pricks. Then they got very swollen and looked ugly. I was diligent with hot wet wash cloths and was able to cancel the scheduled procedures to have them removed by the doctor. The hot wet soaks help them drain. I also used prescribed steroid drops and ointment. To prevent recurrence I now take 2000 mg fish oil per day and wash my eyelids with baby shampoo on a Q-tip.

Comment from: Wweddell, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 09

I have had chalazions over a good part of my life. I am 80 years old. With proper anesthetic the surgery should be and has been painless, with no scarring, and full recovery and relief within a day or two.

Comment from: Ivy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

I just had a lower lid chalazion surgically removed after 14 days of extreme pain and swelling. I went to urgent care and they didn't know if it was a sty, shingles, or something else. My right side if my face was swollen and very painful not to mention very unsightly! I went to my ophthalmologist who thought it was an infected sty and treated me with antibiotics and eye cream. It helped, but now I have two whiteheads on it that won't seem to go away.

Comment from: mags, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 11

I had my chalazion removed it was not as painful as I had thought, and so far hasn't come back and that was five years ago.

Comment from: bhanu jyothi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

I have two: one in my upper and one in my lower lids. I have undergone a surgery last week but when I went today doctor told that there was another chalazion in the lower lid and a stye in the upper lid. I got two steroid shots.

Comment from: Mamone, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I had cataract surgery 12 days ago. The bump on my eyelid was there immediately following the surgery. I suspect the eyelid got squeezed by the apparatus they put on the lid to hold it open. Three days after the surgery, the bump remained and became red and swollen. The pain was under the eyelid, and felt like an eyelash or foreign item was under the lid. It is causing pressure on the recent surgery beside the iris and is getting worse. Compresses only make it fell better for an hour or so. I saw the GP today who says it is now an infected chalazion. Today I am going back to the surgeon to have it removed.

Comment from: mimi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

Heck yes it hurt! I don't know who is the doctor who decided chalazions are not painful. Due to the fact that the "head" (if you will) of the chalazion is actually on the back side of your lid... so if the head is hardened, it feels like a particle of glass is in your eye, each time you blink! I had one 12 years ago, and the doctor removed it. When it healed (the incision had scabbed right down to the line where your lashes meet) when the scab came off, it took off about 1/4 inch section of eyelashes, and eyelashes never grew back. Good luck to anyone with these nasty things!

Comment from: NKeeper, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I believe I have a Chalazion in my right eye. However, it causes me no pain. I noticed it about a year ago, just near the crease. If I press it, it feels like a little stone under the skin. I'm going to try applying ginger compress (hopefully avoiding it going into my eye). My mother had the same thing at my age and this treatment worked for her.

Comment from: K.F., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

A chalazion is no doubt painful. It's the worst pain I've ever suffered. My doctor prescribed an antibiotic. After using it, I got little relief. Now my doctor is saying that he needs to operate.

Comment from: CAT, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

Yes, my chalazion caused pain. It is like a pimple or boil that will not drain. In the early stages it feels tingly and hurts a little, but by the second or third day, it is swollen and painful. Over several days I noticed a white like tip/pimple or cyst covering a duct. This can become chronic and continue over several months in both eyes.

Comment from: Paul mac, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 05

I have a chalazion the last few weeks. I have been using hot compress a few times a day and also antibiotic drops my GP prescribed. And this may sound strange but I have also been putting a cold used teabag on my eye for about half an hour straight after the hot compress and once I began using the teabag the lump went down considerably but not completely.

Comment from: mvelez8735, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I initially had a Chalazion which now has turned into a lesion that keeps draining. It comes and goes for more than nine months. And yes, now nine months later, it filled up again with no warning within one day and it hurts like a lot. I have been applying warm compresses and antibiotic ointment. My eye lid is very swollen and painful. I have had surgery at least 8 times and cortizone once. It still keeps coming back!

Comment from: Kat62, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

I have a chalazion that has been there for 4 years. It has become very painful in the last 2 years. My doctor was of no help either. I thought it was a stye and twice I went to the doctor to remove it and she said it was too small, without even looking at it. I finally found a good doctor yesterday and I am removing it. I had never heard of a chalazion and mine did not react well to warm compresses or eye drops. The doctor said it is because it's encapsulated and nothing will penetrate it. I am looking forward to no more eye pain and make-up that will stay on because my eye won't tear up so much. Good Luck.

Comment from: 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 01

My chalazion causes pain when I blink hard.

Comment from: lena, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

My chalazion was very painful. I used warm moist compresses and lots of acetaminophen, which made it bearable but barely. My doctor was not helpful at all.

Comment from: 2011, 55-64 (Caregiver) Published: February 04

My husband has had problems with styes lately. This time it was a chalazion. He applied the warm, moist towels the first week, three to four times a day. When he stopped the warm compresses it started swelling and getting tender, swelling and growing. I insisted he resume the warm compresses every hour or so (pop it in the microwave on a clean plate). This process brought it to a head and it started empting pus on its own. Perhaps warm compress are needed more than four times a day. Best of luck to all!

Comment from: RAH, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 04

I had a chalazion in 1998 the warm compresses didn't work so I had the surgery. It was very quick and painless. I have another right now and it's actually easier to have it removed than it is to stand around the sink 3 times a day with a warm washcloth.

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

I had two chalazions in the same eye at the same time. One in the upper and lower eyelid. My ophthalmologist only numbed both my eyelids to do the surgery. The procedure was very painful, you can feel everything. Of course now a few months later mine are coming back.

Comment from: notlads, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I have been getting chalazion's for the last 4 years and have discovered that they appear about 10 days after I stop exercising aerobically and start to drain as soon as I resume exercising (and disappear within 48 hours). I have not heard about anyone else who has had the same experience but it makes sense to me. My theory is that, in much the same way that a warm compress works, exercise raises the body's temperature and naturally clears the blockage. I can actually feel it start to drain the first time I work out and it will continue to drain for the rest of the night.

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

At first it felt like when a sty is coming and was a little painful. However, now after about 7 weeks it is not painful just a little unsightly.

Comment from: Lainey, 55-64 Female Published: March 08

Have had Chalazion on both eyes, one on lower lid and one on upper, I know they say they are generally not painful, however both I have had were extremely painful.

Comment from: Dale, 25-34 Male Published: May 14

I had one on both upper eye lids, I had them both surgically removed and it honestly wasn't that bad, dot listen to people when they say it's the most painful thing ever because it really isn't.

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