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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I have had a painful stye for the past few months which has not improved yet. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,My left eye has been getting a few styes over the last year. The first one went away on its own but I have got one now and I have had it for the last few months and it has not improved no matter what I try. I have another quite large, painful one that has appeared. It has made my eye lo...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Based on history, I assume one is chalazion and one stye in your eyelid. For stye do warm compresses, apply an antibiotic ointment like azithromycin twice daily, and take systemic antibiotics. For chalazion do war...  Read Full »

Am I getting frequent stye because of antibiotic resistance?

Query: Hello doctor, Three weeks ago, I had an internal stye and my doctor prescribed oral antibiotics. But, in the end, it became a chalazion, plus some pus was drained. Now, the stye is coming back and it itches a lot (I can see a big white spot in my eyelid margin). It is not as bad as it was before, b...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhavna G.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand what you have been going through. Now, as you can see the pus point at the lid margin, it is an external hordeolum or stye. Recurrences can occur with respect to stye. The reasons being multiple. If possible, could you revert back with pictures of your ey...  Read Full »

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 Juliet 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 »

I have a red bump under my lower eye lid and found it to be chalazion. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a red bump under my low eyelid. It is painful, but I have a feeling that it is growing a little bit. I read about it, and it was said to be chalazion. I started putting hot compresses on it (boiled an egg and put it on a clean thin wash cloth) and let it sit on my eyelid for like...  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are right it is a chalazion (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There are sebaceous glands in our eyelids. Sometimes their secretions are blocked it is becomes a nodule called chalazion more common in people who got acne. Usually, it is painless, bu...  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 »

After removing chalazion, the bump is still present. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a chalazion on my lower lid and it was removed about a month ago. But, the bump still has not gone away and has the slight redness on it. Also, when I was having it removed; my doctor said that I have blepharitis. But, my eyes do not hurt and the eyelids are not red. When my chalazi...  Read Full »

Dr. David J. Mathew

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You had a chalazion removed from your left lower lid about a month back. I assume the cut was on the inside of the eyelid as usually it is made inside. The residual redness may be due to persistent inflammation of cartilage like structure of the eyelid. These a...  Read Full »

Recently, I got my chalazion surgically removed, leading to a scar for which I was given a steroid shot. How long does it take for the steroid shot to work?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a chalazion for almost a year now. It looked like a little blister with no fluid inside. It was surgically removed a month ago, but I still see a red bump. The doctor said it was scar tissue and gave me a Cortisone shot during the follow-up. However, it has been two days and...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The steroid injection usually takes seven days to show the effect. My advice: Consult your specialist doctor, talk to them, and take medicines with their consent. Start using anti-scar creams over the area. Keep your hydration level good du...  Read Full »

Should I take medicines for the infection and swelling of my eyes?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a swollen lymph from three weeks on the eye lining on the lower region. I went to the eye specialist. He gave me Zenoxim 500 for a week two tablets per day and Ocupol ointment to apply for three weeks. He said it is an infection and if it does not go in three weeks then he need...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your symptoms are suggestive of chalazion. Having said that, it is a provisional diagnosis. Kindly share the photos of your eye so that I may guide you better. Regards. For more information consult an eye care ophthalmologist online -->  Read Full »

Can you please suggest to me ways to get rid of a stye?

Query: Hi doctor, I went to bed about a week ago and woke up and saw that I developed some type of a stye in the eye. But I am not very sure. I do not know what it is. It is still about the same size. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have not mentioned the site of the lesion. Probably it is present on the inner side of the eyelid. And based on your details, the Differential diagnosis are: Stye. Chalazion. Nonspecific blepharitis. Stye:- So basically, it could be a superficial bacterial infect...  Read Full »

My stye recurs often for the past eight months. Should I give cold or warm compression?

Query: Hi doctor,I have stye for the past eight months. Though it was small, it made me insecure, so I removed it surgically. Unfortunately, I got a scar on my eyelid and wake up with puffy eyes every morning. My stye is enlarging now. Should I give cold or warm compression for the stye? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Gargi Madhukar Apte

Answer: Hi,Welcome to is a condition in which there is a recurrence of stye due to various body conditions. Give heat fomentation. Consult an ophthalmologist for review.  Read Full »

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