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How to treat a chalazion

Chalazion is a small lump that develops under the skin of the eyelid due to a blocked oil gland. It usually forms on the inferior or upper eyelid. It is not transmissible and usually common among adults.

A chalazion strikingly resembles a stye but bigger in size and less painful. It is branded as a hardened lump and puffiness that radiates around the area in the eye and sometimes causes discomfort and irritation. If it becomes infected, it becomes red, swollen and painful.

Causes and risk factors

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Apply a warm compress on the affected area. It increases the blood circulation in the area and promotes fast drainage of the gland.

  • Blockage in the Meibomian gland on the eyelid which produces oil in the upper and lower eyelids.
  • Unclean hands
  • Viral infections
  • A history of chalazia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis and other skin conditions

Symptoms

  • A hard lump on the eyelid
  • Blurry or blocked vision
  • Increased tearing
  • Sensitivity to light

How to treat a chalazion

  • Apply a warm compress on the affected area. It increases the blood circulation in the area and promotes fast drainage of the gland. It also lessens the swelling and pain. Soak a face cloth in hot water, wring out excess water and apply on the closed eyelid for at least 5-10 minutes at 3-4 times every day for 2 weeks.
  • Massage gently the affected eyelid for fast draining and healing of the area. Using the fingers, massage the area in an upward direction for at least 2-3 minutes several times every day.
  • Apply an Epsom salt compress on the affected area. Mix equal amounts of Epsom salt and water and mix thoroughly and apply on the area.
  • Use green tea bags on the chalazion cyst. It lessens the inflammation, pain and reduces the size of the cyst due to the anti-inflammatory properties of green tea.
  • Avoid squeezing and pinching the cyst to prevent further damage and worsen the condition.

Tips

Maintain personal hygiene for fast recovery such as the following:

  • Washing hands and fingers thoroughly before touching the eyes.
  • Regularly cleaning the area around the eyes.
  • Wash eyelids regularly using baby shampoo mixed with warm water.
  • Avoid rubbing or touching the eyes.
  • Protect the eyes from dust and pollution.
  • Eye makeup especially mascara should be replaced every 6 months.
  • Avoid sharing towel or handkerchiefs.
  • Minimize consumption of starchy and sugary foods.

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