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 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

Internal Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, General Medicine Physician, Family Physician

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

Eye Care Ophthalmologist

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

Eye Care Ophthalmologist

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

Eye Care Ophthalmologist

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 »

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

Eye Care Ophthalmologist

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 »

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

Eye Care Ophthalmologist

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 »

What is the treatment for 5 mm internal stye?

Query: Hello doctor, I have has an internal stye in my bottom eyelid for over a year. It is about 5 mm in diameter and it is not painful but it is very noticeable. Can my GP drain it, or do I have to wait for a hospital appointment? I have done the warm compresses several times daily (not for the whole du...  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Eye Care Ophthalmologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and have seen your photo attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I feel that you may be suffering from a chalazion than a stye, given that the swelling has been there for a year. Chalazia (plural of chalazion), are painle...  Read Full »

What causes swollen eyelid?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a swollen eyelid for over five years, in one eye only, and it is more bulged than the other eye. The swelling is constant, it rarely disappears for a few hours, and it is affecting my look.  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Eye Care Ophthalmologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your photo attachment and can infer a swelling of the right lower eyelid (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It can be caused by a number of different conditions. The commonest non-painful swelling being a chalazion, it starts off as...  Read Full »

How can I get rid of recurrent stye?

Query: Hi doctor, I developed a stye around seven months ago in my right eye (lower lid). The stye took almost six months to get rid of, it is not fully gone and is still there. I used warm compresses but I thought this was quite a lengthy process. I have now developed a stye on my left eye (upper lid). Th...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Eye Care Ophthalmologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The stye usually resolves in a week. If it is persisting even after treatment then it could be a chalazion. Kindly share photos of your eyes so that I may guide you better.  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

Eye Care Ophthalmologist

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 ...  Read Full »

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