How to get rid of chalazion?
You can get rid of a chalazion and speed up the healing process with home treatment. Applying a warm compress can help soften and unclog chalazia. Take a clean flannel soaked in hot water and place it over your eyes for 10-15 minutes, 3-5 times a day. Alternatively, you can try the eye doctor premium eye compress. Gently massaging the area will also help to get rid of chalazia. Wash your hands thoroughly before doing this.
If the chalazion doesn't go away after trying the methods above, your doctor may prescribe eye drops or eyelid creams. Never attempt to squeeze a chalazion or drain a chalazion yourself as this can lead to further complications.
Will a chalazion go away on its own?
A chalazion can go away on its own, however, in rare cases, the blockages causing the chalazion do not clear up on their own in which case medical treatment may be required. If you find that the eye remains swollen, it is recommended that you seek advice from your optometrist or ophthalmologist.
If the lump grows larger and persists, your doctor may recommend a steroid injection or surgery. Surgery involves draining the lump under local anaesthetic. However, this procedure is uncommon and is only undertaken if the lump is causing specific complications. Both methods carry benefits and risk factors which your doctor will discuss with you.
If the chalazion causes infection to spread along the lid, your doctor may prescribe you antibiotics. Topical antibiotic eye drops such as chloramphenicol ointment can be used to treat swollen eyes.
What happens if a chalazion is left untreated?
A chalazion can grow if left untreated resulting in a large chalazion which can press on the cornea, causing vision problems such as astigmatism and blurry vision.
What is the difference between a stye and a chalazion?
A chalazion is often easily confused with a stye. The difference between the two is that a stye is usually infected while a chalazion is not. A stye is also generally painful while a chalazion generally isn't.
Can a chalazion turn into a stye?
If a chalazion becomes infected in can turn into a stye which can cause the eye to feel sore and irritated. You may also experience sensitivity to light, watery eyes and crusting along the base of the eyelashes.