Chalazion Treatment Without Surgery – What You Need to Know
Chalazion treatment without surgery is possible, and for those who are afraid to go under the knife, it is the preferred option. The main advantage of going this route is that this type of chalazion treatment does not involve the drawing out of blood or a lengthy recovery process. No incisions, no cuts, no scooping out of the nodule’s contents. The downside is that this approach can take months before results become evident. It also involves a detailed self-care process. But as far as cost is concerned, non-surgical treatment of chalazia is hands down more affordable.
Are Antibiotics Effective for Chalazia?
Questions regarding the efficacy of antibiotic eye drops and ointments in the treatment of chalazion are often brought up when discussing non-surgical approaches to meibomian cysts.
Most doctors, however, are not convinced that it really works. The reason behind this is because chalazia are not brought about by any infectious component.
Antibiotic remedies, however, are effective when there are secondary or underlying infections that are aggravating the chalazia. For example, if a patient has blepharitis or a meibomian gland dysfunction, most ophthalmologists might prescribe doxycycline, minocycline or tetracycline, all of which are antibiotics.
Effective Non-Surgical Chalazion Treatment?
If there are no underlying infections that need to be treated with antibiotics, then the conservative route is often suggested by most physicians. A towel is soaked in warm water and placed over the eye with the chalazion for about 15 minutes 4 times a day. The towel should be damp but make sure that the excess water has all been wrung out. It should not be too hot, either, or else you run the risk of blistering yourself.
The application of a warm compress is usually combined with eyelid massage around the eye with the chalazion. Use your fingertips to massage the area around the eyelid for one to two minutes. This will help reduce the swelling, and in time, ease the drainage of the built-up secretions.
Aside from massage which you can do at home, your ophthalmologist can also choose to do a vigorous massage under local anesthesia. The massage is done using two cotton wool buds at the slit lamp. Anesthesia may be necessary at times to make the massage more thorough.
When this conservative approach to chalazion treatment does not work, ophthalmologists usually recommend the injection of steroid medication into the chalazion itself. The injection is usually done through the lining inside of the eyelid directly into the meibomian cyst. In one to two weeks, the chalazion is expected to reduce is size or disappear completely.
Chalazion Treatment Without Surgery – Alternatives
One of the more popular alternative therapies as far as chalazion is concerned is homeopathy. Operating on the Law of Similars or the belief that “like cures like,” homeopathic remedies are meant to strengthen the body’s immune systems and fight disease. These remedies, which are sourced from plants, animals, minerals and other things found in nature, are formed through the process known as potentisation until only its essence remains. According to homeopaths, these remedies retain their power and are effective in curing various diseases.
There are many remedies specifically for chalazion in the homeopathic shelf. To know which one to use, a homeopath will have to look at your list of symptoms and other pertinent factors (e.g. lifestyle, temperament, etc.) before a final cure can be prescribed. One advantage with alternative medicine is that side-effects like an upset stomach and other gastrointestinal pain usually associated with antibiotics, are relatively uncommon. Homeopathic remedies for chalazion are also recommended by its advocates and experts because they treat the inflammation at the source. More specifically, homeopathic remedies treat an individual’s propensity for styes and chalazia such that once the course of treatment is complete, chalazia are not expected to return.
The disadvantage with homeopathy is that it can take time before the effects of treatment become evident — usually anywhere from 2 to 5 months, although some changes may be felt after a month. Another disadvantage, according to those who have tried out homeopathic remedies, is that you have to find the right cure among the more than 40 solutions available for a chalazion. Thus, you will need to go to an experienced homeopathic doctor to make sure that you can experience the true benefits of chalazion treatment without surgery.