A small and painless lump seen on the inner side of the upper and lower eyelids is called chalazion. It is caused when the oil-secreting glands of the eye get blocked. It is more commonly seen in people with inflammatory conditions like seborrhea, acne, rosacea, and blepharitis.

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What to do if chalazion does not get better with warm compresses?

Query: Hi doctor, Before few months, I got a painless bump on the upper eyelid. It was probably a chalazion. I consulted a doctor and she told me to do warm compresses. She advised me to wash my eyelids with baby shampoo three times a day. She told me to follow these measures for two weeks. If it does n...  Read Full »

Dr. Asha Barboza

Answer: Hi, Welcome to For having a recurrent chalazion, you can take an injection of Triamcinolone and it is a good option. Repeated surgical removal causes damage to the tissues. You need to consult an ophthalmologist to have an injection if it bothers you cosmetically. A small chalazion ca...  Read Full »

My brother has boils on his eyelids. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am asking this question on behalf of my brother. He is 37 years of age, 5' 7" tall and approximately weighs 70 kg. He is not on any medication. He is a commercial airline pilot by profession and is perfectly fit to fly. He has recently passed his physical fitness exam that is conduc...  Read Full »

Dr. C M Wavikar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it appears to be a chalazion on both the eyes. I suggest Vigamox eye drops (Moxifloxacin), one drop four times a day and Chloro applicap (Chloramphenicol) twice a day in both the eyes. Please understand that...  Read Full »

How to treat an eyelid infection in an 8-month-old child?

Query: Hi doctor,My eight-month-old daughter has an infection on her eyelid. She has it for months. I was prescribed Tobrex but it helped a little. The eyelid is not healed completely. I took her to the emergency, visited my family doctor and opthalmologist. Still, we are referred to other doctors only. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Asha Barboza

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You can send a photograph and it helps to get a diagnosis. Please mention whether it is a round swelling on the eyelid or there is any crustiness on the eyelash, any inflammation with swelling, and watery eyes. If it is a lid swelling that per...  Read Full »

Is there any way to make the pimple on the eyelid less irritating?

Query: Hello doctor, I woke up this morning with a small yellowish pimple, approximately the size of a grain of salt, where my lower eyelid touches the eye. As such, it rubs against the eye, irritating it, even causing me to shed a few tears if I keep the eye open too long without scratching it. How long ...  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Different types of small lesions can occur on the eyelid margin. That may be a painful swelling like stye or infected chalazion usually away from eyelid margin. In such cases, proper treatment is needed. There may be painless growths on eyelid margins like a cyst of mol...  Read Full »

There is a lump inside my eyelid with blurring. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I discovered a tiny lump on the inside of my upper eyelid quite a long time ago. However, I had no pain or anything. Lately, I have been having bad headaches, today I got a shooting pain in the eye and since then, it has been a little blurred just at the top where the lump is. I have ...  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems a small marginal chalazion. A chalazion is a swelling formed due to blockage of lipid producing glands in eyelids. The good thing is mostly these are painless (except when it gets infected). In most cases, it resolves spontaneously. Sometimes, these may require...  Read Full »

I have itchy bumps inside the upper eyelid. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had painful/itchy bumps on the inside of the upper eyelid on both eyes (outside corner) for over two months now. They started as red, irritated patches, and now are growths of some kind. My optometrist told me to use lubricating eye drops four times a day. It has not helped at al...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubair A Shaikh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). They do look like chalazia, which are basically an inflammation of the oil glands in your eyelids which pour an oily substance over your eyes to prevent dryness. Sometimes they do respond to hot...  Read Full »

What medication should I take to get rid of chalazion permanently?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a swelling on my upper lid, it seems like a chalazion. I had it a year ago too. It looks like the same thing. I am applying a warm water compress. Is there any ointment or oral medicine I should take? Why does it happen and what can I do to treat it permanently?  Read Full »

Dr. Md Rajja

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Chalazion is a lump in the upper or lower eyelid caused by obstruction and inflammation of an oil gland of the eyelid. It is not a tumor and does not cause permanent changes in the vision. Chalazion goes away without the necessity of surgery. RxErythromycin ointment...  Read Full »

How to treat swollen, purple, and itchy eyelids?

Query: Hi doctor, My eyelid is swollen for a couple of months. At first, it was purple and itching hard. I used Ciprofloxacin ointment for two weeks applying every eight hours, reduced purpleness and swelling in the first two days then stopped helping. Tried Doxycycline for two weeks but still the same....  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Can you send me a closeup picture of your eye?  Read Full »

Can blepharitis cause headaches?

Query: Hi doctor, My 9 year old son has had a frontal headache for over a month. We discovered that he has muscle knots and blepharitis. Can blepharitis lead to headache?  Read Full »

Dr. Pooja Bandivadekar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Blepharitis can rarely cause headache. Blepharitis usually indicates a low grade infection of the hair root and surrounding sebaceous glands. I guess the muscle knots on the eyelid you are referring to is chalazion or stye. Both, blepharitis and chalazion occur when child...  Read Full »

What is the cause of chalazion and how to cure it?

Query: Hello doctor, A few days before, when I woke up, my eyes are swollen and painful. The swelling started to settle down after a few days by using warm compression, but there is a lump on my left eye. I do have a history of a chalazion in the left eye before two months. I underwent surgery in the past...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Koranmath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A chalazion is caused when glands (meibomian glands) in eyelids are blocked. Chalazion sometimes reduces with anti-inflammatory drops but very less. There are two options left now since it has not reduced, intralesional steroid injection or surgery (Incision and Cur...  Read Full »

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