Chalazion is a lump in the eyelid that is caused by inflammation of a gland within the skin. Typically, this lump grows over days to weeks and is occasionally red, warm, or painful. The gland involved in the formation of a chalazion is a modified sweat gland that lies within the eyelid. This gland produces oil. When this gland becomes blocked, it can rupture and the inflammation process begins. Inflammation is a process in which the body reacts to a condition and produces a biologic reaction. This reaction can cause swelling, redness, pain, or warmth.
A chalazion is not a sty. A sty can resemble a chalazion in the sense that it is also a lump in the eyelid. However, a sty involves glands and eyelash hair follicles that are closer to the skin surface of the eyelid. In addition, a sty is usually more painful and looks infected. A chalazion is caused by the oil in the gland becoming too thick to flow out of the gland. This oil that is too thick blocks up the gland, but the gland still produces more oil. Without anywhere to go, the oil builds up inside the gland and forms a lump in the eyelid. Eventually, the gland ruptures (breaks open) and releases the oil into the tissue of the eyelid, causing inflammation Swelling of the upper eyelid may occur gradually over weeks. The condition rarely involves the lower eyelid.
A chalazion appears as a localized hard lump that may grow as large as an eighth of an inch. Occasionally, you may feel pain and your eyelid may be red. Ophthalmologist may recommend surgery to remove the chalazion. Warm compresses may be helpful. Hold a warm, wet towel on the eyelid for 10-15 minutes, 2-4 times a day, to reduce swelling. Lightly massage the area several times a day. Do not "pop" or scratch the chalazion.
Care of the Chalazion:
Application of warm compresses for about 15 minutes, 2-4 times a day, may help to reduce swelling. Typically, a chalazion goes away within a couple of weeks. If so, no long-term consequences occur. If the chalazion lasts for weeks or comes back, then it needs to be treated. The lump is rarely associated with an infection or a form of skin cancer. Most chalazions are treated with warm compresses to the eyelid to promote healing and circulation of blood to the inflamed area.
Role of Homeopathy in Chalazion:
Chalazion can be treated in homeopathy without any antibiotics. Homeopathy may help you to avoid surgery. If the state of Chalazion is acute we have acute remedies for the treatment of chalazion. If the chalazion has become chronic it should be treated with constitutional Homeopathic treatment. We can avoid pain of going through surgery with the help of homeopathy.
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