Chalazion - Causes

Not ready to share? Read other Patient Comments

Do you know what caused your chalazion?

Share your story with others:

MedicineNet appreciates your comment. Your comment may be displayed on the site and will always be published anonymously.Patient Comments FAQs

Enter your Comment

Tell us a bit about your background to make your comments more useful to other MedicineNet users. (Optional)

Screen Name: *

Gender of Patient: Male Female

Age Range of Patient:

I am a: Patient Caregiver

* Screen Name will appear next to the published comment. Please do not include your full name or email address.

By submitting your comment, and other materials (collectively referred to as a "Submission") to MedicineNet, you grant MedicineNet permission to use, copy, transmit, publish, display, edit and modify your Submission in connection with its Web site. MedicineNet will not pay you for your Submission. You represent that you have all rights necessary for MedicineNet to use your Submission as set forth above.

Please keep these guidelines in mind when writing your comment:

  • Please make sure you address the question asked.
  • Due to the overwhelming number of comments received, not all comments will be published.
  • When selecting comments to publish, our staff will choose those that are educational and complement the topic. Please try to stay on topic.
  • Your comment may be edited. We would typically edit comments to make them clearer and more readable. We will remove personal information such as last names, email and web addresses, and other potentially harmful information.
  • We will not notify you if your comment has been published. We suggest that you check back on the topic article regularly.
  • We do not provide medical or healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis.

Thank you for participating!

I have read and agree to abide by the MedicineNet Terms and Conditions and the MedicineNet Privacy Policy (required).

To prevent our systems from spam, please complete the following prior to submitting your comment.

Please select the white triangle:

What causes a chalazion? What are the symptoms of a chalazion?

The narrow opening through which a meibomian gland secretes its material can become clogged from narrowing of the opening or hardening of the sebaceous liquid near the opening. If this occurs, the gland will have a backup of the material it secretes and the obstructed gland will swell. This leads to thickening of the walls of the gland and leakage of oil into the lid itself, causing inflammation both within the gland and the eyelid. This inflamed enlargement is a chalazion.

Return to Chalazion

See what others are saying

Comment from: pookie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I have never had a chalazion before in my life until after I had my baby. About 2 months after the small white looking bump appeared on the corner of my lower eye lid. For me it was the hormones.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: M. Gregori, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 23

I used to suffer from chalazia very often until I met a doctor who told me what to do to prevent them. He told me to clean my eyes every day (the eyelash areas) with soft soap and, most importantly (this is the crucial step, as I used to clean my eyes with soft soap every day when I had the chalazia, and that alone did not work), to dry my eyes with a sterile gauze, scratching very, very hard the eyelash area (in the direction of the eyelash, from top to bottom, and also from the nose-side to the ear-side of the eyelash to reach the lower ones. I think the most problematic ones are the ones in the upper eyelid, at least, that has been my case). Apparently the chalazia appear due to blocked eyelash conduits in the eyelash base, and the heavy scratching helps to keep them clean. I try to do this every time I wake up from sleep, and before going to sleep, but sometimes I have slept one night and nothing happened. I guess the blocking takes longer than that, but why take the risk! Just try to do it every morning when you wake up and every night before going to sleep. This is what I do most of the time and I have not had any chalazion in more than 2.5 years (and I used to get them constantly before!). Good luck with it. I hope this helps.

Was this comment helpful?Yes


Get the latest health and medical information delivered direct to your inbox!