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What are treatments and home remedies for a chalazion?

Most chalazions are treated with warm compresses to the eyelid to increase the circulation of blood to the inflamed area and promote healing. In addition, the doctor may prescribe an antibiotic drop or ointment to be used immediately after the compresses. If the chalazion persists and is causing an unsightly lump, it can be removed surgically as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. This excision is ordinarily performed through a small incision located on the inside of the affected lid. The removal of a chalazion neither alters the normal function of the lid nor decreases the amount of tears. The surgery removes only one gland of the 30 or 40 within the eyelid.

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Comment from: CeCe, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

I've had four chalazions over the past 4 years and they lasted for months. The first one got infected and sort of looked like a boil. It was horrible. After countless visits to the doctors I decided to look for a solution myself and discovered the steroid injection Kenalog. It is so effective and not expensive at all. I made a resolution and bought a 2 ml syringe and injected my eyelids from the outer part. Doctors do it from underneath the eyelid. Within a day I noticed a tremendous change. Now I no longer worry about chalazion and I don't bother the doctors again. Only side effect I saw was slight discoloration and that disappeared after a while. Good luck.

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Comment from: RNMom, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 27

My son has struggled with chalazions for years, we've done so many different things to try to remedy the situation, including ophthalmologist appointments. The only thing that works for him is to take flax seed oil in liquid form every day (about a cc/ml or so) to prevent the chalazion from forming, and if he starts to get one we increase the dose of oil a little bit. Hopefully this will help someone out there, I searched high and low for an alternative to surgery.

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Comment from: WannabeDR, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

The lump in my eyelid grew over about a 5 month span. II was anxious about ridding myself of this large lump on my eye (month 4), but after 3 doctors' visits, I made peace with the fact that no one wanted to perform surgery. I had to aggressively treat my eye with warm water. It takes a lot of patience but 3 times a day, I sat down with a very hot cup of water (I let it boil and cool down a bit), a clean rag, and a plate of sea salt. The latter, I got from my Jamaican family--regular salt doesn't work. I dip the rag in the hot water, ring out the excess water. It's so hot I use my fingertips to ring it. Then I dip the rag in the salt and stick it on my eye. It's really improved and is almost gone now. Don't be afraid, my eye doctor told me, to rub the rag around and break up the fluid inside the lump. Good luck!

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