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Chalazion Treatment: How To Get Rid of a Chalazion

Updated on August 22, 2011

Chalazions & How To Get Rid of Them

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Welcome to my lens all about treating and getting rid of chalazions.

Chalazions are small painless cysts on the eyelid that can last anywhere between a few months and a few years.

Chalazions should not be confused with styes, which are often inflamed, painful and uncomfortable and only last a few days or weeks. If you think you may have a stye, check out my lens on how to get rid of styes or the 'how to get rid of a stye' page on the Get Rid! website. Alternatively, if your not sure whether you have a stye or chalazion, take a look at 'How To Get Rid of a Chalazion' on

What is a Chalazion

As stated in the introduction a chalazion is a lump or bump under the skin on one of the eyelids.

Although they are painless, they can be quite unsightly and can remain present for months or even years after they first develop.

What Causes a Chalazion?

Chalazions are caused by either an eyelash follicle or one of the glands on the eyelid becoming blocked.

The blockage can be caused by various pieces of microscopic debris but one of the most common causes is dead skin cells that have become lodged in the gland/follicle.

The glands will continue to produce oils but the blockage will prevent them from being released resulting in a lump.

The blocked gland provides an ideal environment for certain types of bacteria which can result in an infection.

A small percentage of styes will develop into chalazions - click here for information on how to heal a stye.

How To Get Rid of a Chalazion

Chalazion Treatments

A chalazion is much more difficult to get rid of than a stye and will usually require intervention from your doctor.

The only real home remedy is to use a hot compress 3 or 4 times a day. This is a simple process that involves:

1. Soaking a flannel in water from the hot top.

2. Wringing the flannel to remove excess water.

3. Holding the hot, moist flannel against the stye for 3-4 minutes.

If there has been no notable improvement after a week, it is advisable to book an appointment with your doctor for further advice.

You doctor will be able to provide you with two primary chalazion treatments.

The first is to combat the infection using a course of antibiotics.

The second is to refer the patient to an eye doctor or ophthalmologist, who is trained to perform surgery on the eyelid and cut the chalazion out.

The surgical procedure for removing a chalazion is quite routine and simply involves making a tiny incision in the eyelid. It can be performed very quickly under a local anesthetic and leaves no visible scarring.

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