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What is the best treatment for a chalazion and how does it

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What is the best treatment for a chalazion and how long does it take to go away?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.

Hello and thanks for your question.

You are currently doing the most important treatment for a chalazion which is hot compresses, but you may need to alter how you're doing them. The hot compresses should be as hot as you can tolerate without burning yourself, for 10 minutes each time, 4x/day. By doing this, most of these will resolve without the need for a minor procedure by an ophthalmologist to open them up. Sometimes, it takes 2-3 weeks of doing this before they will open up, but most do; if not, then opening it up with a minor procedure is what will need to be done.

Occasionally, the inflammation surrounding the chalazion gets severe enough that an infection ensues. The eyelid surrounding the bump would be red, swollen, and tender if that were the case. In such cases either a topical or oral antibiotic would be in order to assist in treating the chalazion, but as a rule, chalazia do not require antibiotics baseline.

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