Warm compresses are the best treatment for this now.
Usually we try the warm compresses to avoid cutting on the eyelids, but really you can drain the chalazion anytime.
If it's been there more than 4 weeks, it will likely need drainage.
Another option is to inject steroids into the chalazion which will help it go away much faster.
if you can get a sooner appointment, then that would be helpful but not necessary.
Do people typically have this for months or years on end ? I feel so disfigured.
Sometimes it can be there for months, but that is usually because the patient hopes it will go away on its own.
Should I insist on a more immediate treatment like the shot or surgery ?
It's up to the comfort of the doctors. Some don't offer the injection at all. The success rate with the injection is about 85%, but you can get a second or third one if needed if it doesn't completely go away.
The surgery is virtually 100%, but obviously more involved.
Both are in office procedures.
If I only had this for 1 week how long should I wait to have more done ?
I'd give the warm compresses a chance.
Thank-you. I think i will do that.
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