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The small lump which has remained now is called a chalazion. A chalazion is a chronic inflammation of the modified sebaceous glands called meibomian glands present in the eyelids.
There are different methods of treating a chalazion. For very small chalazion( which are better felt than seen) only hot/warm compresses should be enough ( but can take anywhere between 2-6 weeks to clear up). For those chalazia which are not big enough to be treated surgically, intralesional triamcinolone injection can be given. The lump begins to disappear within a week. For larger chalazia none of these would work and the best treatment is a minor surgery called incision and curettage.
hi - Thanks for your response. I've researched the chalazion condition and reached the same conclusion, so that's good to hear. As for the treatment option your recommended--intralesional triamcinolone--could you explain what they do in the case of that procedure?
A steroid called triamcinolone is loaded in a syringe and using a very fine gauge needle( very thin), it is injected into the lump from the inner side of the eyelid.
Very small amount of it is injected such as 0.3 ml.
it sounds like that would make sense if that hot compress doesn't work. For the compress option, is the best way to just use a washcloth dipped in warm water? How often should that be done and for how long? Should I apply pressure or try to drain the bump myself when doing?
No, do not apply pressure. Warm compresses can be applied by dipping a washcloth in warm water and continue for 10 minutes for each session. Such warm compresses can be given twice a day.
OK, should I see material/pus come out of the glands? Or will it clear internally?
It will clear internally.
Got it. I will give this compress thing another shot.. thanks for your help! I think i'm all set.
Please feel free to ask follow up questions if any.
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