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What is a chalazion?

A chalazion is a small inflammed lump or cyst in the eyelid. It is not a stye. A stye is an infection that occurs in the lash gland. A chalazion occurs in an internal gland of the eyelid.

What are the symptoms of a chalazion?

A chalazion usually starts out as a small painless lump in either your lower or upper eyelid. If the chalazion becomes infected it may grow larger and become more painful. In severe cases, the infected lump could cause the eyelid to become red and swollen, or even cause the entire side of your head to hurt.

How is a chalazion treated?

At the beginning signs of a chalazion, warm compresses should be applied to the eyelid several times daily. The chalazion may come to a "point" on either the inside or outside of the eyelid. If the chalazion is more serious, antibiotic or steroid eye drops or eye ointment may need to be administered. If there is still no improvement and the condition seems to worsen, an ophthalmologist may inject a local anesthetic into the eyelid and make a small incision to drain the chalazion.

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