Eye Lid Bump Removal

Chalzion & Stye Treatment

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What is a Stye?

A stye (also called a hordeolum) is a small, red, painful lump that grows from the base of your eyelash or under the eyelid. Most styes are caused by bacterial infection.

There are two types of styes:

  • External hordeolum: A style that begins at the base of your eyelash. Most are caused by an infection in the hair follicle. It might look like a pimple.
  • Internal hordeolum: A stye inside your eyelid. Most are caused by an infection in an oil-producing gland in your eyelid.
    You can also get a stye if you have blepharitis. This is a condition that makes your eyelid at the base of the eyelashes red and swollen. When you first get a stye, your eyelid is probably red and tender to the touch. Your eye may also feel sore and scratchy. Southwest Eye Care offers consultations on the specific stye treatments for you.

    What is a Chalazion?

    A chalazion is a swollen bump on the eyelid. It happens when the eyelid’s oil gland clogs up. It may start as an internal hordeolum (stye). At first, you might not know you have a chalazion as there is little or no pain. But as it grows, your eyelid may get red, swollen, and sometimes tender to touch. If the chalazion gets large, it can press on your eye and cause blurry vision. Rarely, the whole eyelid might swell. At Southwest Eye Care, we offer various chalzion treatment options to heal your chalzion.

    What is the difference?

    Sometimes it can be difficult to tell the difference between a stye or chalazion. A style is very painful. It often appears at the eyelid’s edge, usually caused by an infected eyelash root. It often swells, sometimes affecting the entire eyelid. A chalazion is not usually painful. It is a bump that usually develops farther back on the eyelid than a stye. It is caused by a clogged oil gland. Rarely does it make the entire eyelid swell.

    Who is most likely to get a stye of chalazion?

    Anyone can get a stye or chalazion, but you are even more likely to get one if you have:

  • Blepharitis, a problem that affects the edge of your eyelid
  • Had a stye or chalazion before
  • A skin condition such as acne, rosacea, or seborrheic dermatitis
  • Diabetes or other medical problems

    Chalzion & Stye Treatment Options

    Warm compresses: For stye treatment, soak a clean washcloth in hot water and hold it to your eyelid for 10-15 minutes at a time, 3-5 times a day. Keep the cloth warm by soaking it in hot water often. For chalazion treatment, this warm compress helps the clogged oil gland to open and drain. You can help the gland clear itself by gently massaging around the area with your clean finger.

    Antibiotics: An Optometrist at Southwest Eye Care may prescribe an antibiotic for the infected stye.

    Steroid shots: If your chalazion is very swollen, Dr. Krassin may give a steroid shot (cortisone) to reduce the swelling.

    Surgery to drain the area: If your stye or chalazion affects vision or does not go away, you may need to have it drained. This surgery is usually done at one of our eight Southwest Eye Care clinics using local anesthesia.

    If a stye or chalazion keeps coming back time after time, Dr. Krassin may biopsy it. This is where a time piece of tissue is removed and studies. This helps Dr. Krassin check to see if there is a more serious eye problem.

    Do NOT squeeze or try to pop a stye or chalazion. Doing so could spread the infection into your eyelid. Do not wear eye makeup or contact lenses while you have a stye or chalazion.

    If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Southwest Eye Care to schedule a consultation for Chalzion and Style treatments.