A chalazion is a red bump on our eyelid. It is sometimes called an eyelid cyst or a meibomian cyst. It slowly forms when an oil gland (called a meibomian) becomes blocked.
SYMPTOMS OF CHALAZION
- In the early stages, a chalazion appears as a small, red or otherwise inflamed area of the eyelid.
- Within a few days, this inflammation can develop into a painless and slow-growing lump.
- A chalazion can appear on the upper or lower eyelid, but they are more common on the upper lid.
- Although chalazia are generally painless, they can cause the eye to become watery and mildly irritated. A particularly large chalazion may press on the eyeball, which can lead to blurry vision.
People sometimes confuse between chalazion with a stye due to the similarities in appearance. A stye is also a small lump that can develop in the eye area.
A chalazion results from a blocked oil gland, whereas a stye indicates an infected oil gland or hair follicle. However, a chalazion can sometimes develop into a stye.
TYPES OF CHALAZION
- External hordeolum- These occur at the base of the eyelash and usually result from an infection in the hair follicle.
- Internal hordeolum- These develop inside the eyelid and tend to result from an infection in an oil gland.
The most noticeable difference between a chalazion and a stye is that a chalazion tends to be painless whereas a stye is usually very painful and may cause the eye to feel sore and scratchy.
Other symptoms of a stye can include:
- Swelling of the eyelid
- Small pimple, which may contain pus
- Crustiness along the edge of the eyelid
- Sensitivity to light
- Watery eye
CAUSES OF CHALAZION
A chalazion typically occurs in a person with an underlying inflammatory condition that affects the eyes or skin. Some of these conditions include:
- Chronic blepharitis
- Acne rosacea
- Seborrheic dermatitis
Less commonly, chalazia develop due to viral conjunctivitis, which is a type of eye infection.
Individuals who have had a stye or chalazion have an increased risk of developing chalazia in the future.
Other risk factors for a chalazion include:
- Viral infections
- Skin cancer
HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE FOR CHALAZON
SILICEA : Useful for chalazion which appear after ill-effects of vaccination.Helpful in all condition like suppurative processes, pustulous borrowings, fistulous openings and abscesses are stubborn.Suited for chilly patient.Useful for encysted tumours of the lids.
STAPHYSAGRIA : Useful for chalazion in which there is bursting and burning pain in the lids and eyeballs.Also there is itching in margins of eyelids.
RL-10 : All Types Of Cyst/ Toumor Drops