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Lump under left eye on lower eyelid. How can I get rid of it?

Posted 11 Months ago by Gary Thompson

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Consult your personal physician or family doctor or general practitioner first.
They might give you a referral to an ophthalmologist or a surgeon.
Or they might treat it in clinic.
Find out what it really is before you do anything; but don’t delay.

11 Months ago

What chiarizio said, always consult professionals first.

I know nothing but looks like an infection...


11 Months ago
Lord Denida

Probably a stye or a chalazion. Definitely within the province of an ophthalmology surgeon, if it comes to removal.

The usual caveats: Don't squish it or pick at it, don't rub it. Wash you face & eyelid with a gentle cleaner like baby shampoo; put a warm damp cloth on it. Go see your local urgent care clinic first, asap. They might prescribe an antibiotic ointment and may recommend a pain reliever.

If it doesn't go away on its own in a few days, you might need to bump it up a notch and see a surgeon.

11 Months ago

I thought chalazions were caused by oil being too thick to drain by itself? Not bacteria?

11 Months ago
Gary Thompson

I don’t know. But mightn’t there be a chance that bacteria could move in? Your immune system can’t get to the interior of that cyst.

11 Months ago

What is a chalazion?
A chalazion is a red bump on your eyelid. It is sometimes called an eyelid cyst or a meibomian cyst. It slowly forms when an oil gland (called a meibomian) becomes blocked.

At first, the chalazion may be painful, but after a little time, it usually doesn’t hurt. A chalazion usually forms on the upper eyelids but may occasionally form on the lower eyelid.

Ordinarily, chalazia (the plural of chalazion) develop in adults between the ages of 30 and 50. They are not common in children, but they can happen.

Is a chalazion a stye?
A chalazion is not a stye, but it can form because of a stye. Styes are bacterial infections that cause the gland to swell. Styes can be painful. A chalazion generally isn’t painful and appears farther back on the eyelid.

What causes chalazia?
Chalazia may develop when something blocks a small oil gland in the eyelid. These glands help keep the eye moist. A blocked gland begins retaining oil and swells. Eventually, the fluid will drain, and you may have a hard lump on your eyelid.

Some additional causes of chalazia are:

*Rosacea (a skin condition that causes redness and acne).
*Chronic blepharitis, eyelid inflammation (redness, swelling and irritation).
*Seborrheic dermatitis (red, dry, flaky and itchy skin).
*Tuberculosis (TB).
*Viral infections.

What are the symptoms of a chalazion?
When you have a chalazion, you will notice the following symptoms:

*Painless bump in your eyelid, usually on the upper lid.
*Mild irritation, causing your eyes to water.
*Blurred vision from larger chalazia that push on the eyeball.

How is a chalazion diagnosed?
You will usually see an eye specialist when you have a chalazion. You might see an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. These healthcare providers can examine the chalazion and offer treatment options.

When you see the eye specialist, you should expect:

*Health history: Give your complete health history. This information can help your provider find underlying issues that could be contributing to the formation of a chalazion.
*External eye exam: Your provider will examine your eye, eyelid, eyelashes and skin texture.
*Thorough eyelid exam: Eye specialists shine a bright light and use magnification to look at the base of your eyelashes. They also check the oil glands’ openings.

How do you treat a chalazion?
In most cases, you can treat a chalazion at home. Most chalazia go away in a month or less.

First, never push on a chalazion or try to pop it. You can injure your eye. Instead, for home treatment, try:

*Warm compresses: Wet a clean washcloth with warm water. Hold it on the affected eye for 15 minutes. Do this at least three times a day to help the blocked oil gland open up.
*Massage: Gently massage the eyelid a few times a day. Massage for a few minutes each day, using light to medium pressure. Gentle massage can help open the blocked oil gland.
*Good hygiene: Don’t wear eye makeup while you have a chalazion. After the chalazion drains, keep the area clean. Follow good eye health practices, and avoid touching your eyes.

If the chalazion doesn’t go away, you should seek help from an eye specialist. The chalazion may need to have the fluid drained through a small incision. You may also need an injection of steroids to reduce swelling and inflammation.

Remember, google is always your friend.

11 Months ago

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