Chalazion Treatment – Methods for Treating Chalazion Cysts
When it comes to chalazion treatment, there are several different approaches. Both Western and alternative medicine have developed cures for chalazia (or the enlargement or granulomatous inflammation of the meibomian gland located in the upper or lower eyelid). The development of a chalazion takes place over the course of several weeks, with the nodule developing into a small round painless lump about 1/8 of an inch in diameter.
Also called a meibomian cyst, tarsal cyst or a conjunctival granuloma, the inflammation is caused when the ducts of the meibomian gland that lubricates the eye gets clogged and because passage is impossible, oil builds up inside the gland causing inflammation. Because this is not a bacterial infection, the lump simply hardens over time and causes pain only when it has grown large enough to affect the endings of the sensory nerve. In worst case scenarios, the chalazion can impinge the cornea and cause vision problems.
Chalazion Home Treatment
In the initial stages, the chalazion treatment that most physicians recommend is putting a warm compress on the affected eyelid several times a day. A clean, warm wet towel is placed over the chalazion for an average of 8 minutes, three to four times a day to facilitate drainage of the oil and thus reduce the swelling. It is also recommended that the area around the chalazion be lightly massaged several times during the day as well.
An important thing to remember when doing a chalazion home treatment is to not pop the chalazion like you would a pimple. Nor should you scratch it. Doing either of these can cause further complications.
Another chalazion remedy is the use of warmed guava leaves on a damp cloth to reduce inflammation and swelling. Acacia leaves may also be boiled, decocted and used as a compress on the eyelids. This is said by some to aid in chalazion removal.
In some cases, a chalazion gets reabsorbed into the body a few months after its first appearance even without any form of home care, medical or alternative medical treatment.
Chalazion Treatment Options – Conventional Medicine
In Western or conventional medicine, an eye doctor examines the eye thoroughly to determine the course of treatment that needs to be followed. If an infection is suspected to be present, antibiotic drops may be prescribed. Corticosteroids may also be injected into the lump to reduce the swelling. This is the approach taken when the chalazion is smaller in size.
When the chalazion does not resolve with pharmacological approaches and does not resolve after a matter of weeks, surgical intervention is usually the recommended mode of chalazion treatment. Chalazion removal surgery is also the approach usually recommended by the ophthalmologist when the chalazion has grown large enough to obstruct vision and cause problems.
The surgical procedure which is done to remove the chalazion is usually performed under local anesthetic. A pressure eye patch is applied for about 24 hours after the surgical procedure to manage bleeding and swelling. Once the patch is removed, warm compresses are also applied to further bring down the swelling. Antimicrobial eye drops are usually prescribed to prevent secondary infections, and painkiller medication is usually given to allow the patient to cope with minor discomforts after the operation.
One advantage of surgery is that it shows immediate results. While complications like bleeding and recurrence of the nodule may occur, they are rare and very seldom happen.
In cases where a chalazion becomes recurrent, one possibility that conventional doctors always look at is an oil gland abnormality. Acne rosacea, for example, is one such condition requiring long term oral tetracycline treatment. Cleaning the lid also prevents the development of chalazion. Be sure to read our article on chalazion causes for more information.
Chalazion Homeopathy Treatment
Another chalazion treatment option is chalazion homeopathy. Homeopathy is an alternative form of medicine that dissolves the chalazion without any surgical intervention. Following the principle of the Law of Similars, chalazion homeopathy involves the introduction of substances into the body that produces the same symptoms so that the system can heal itself naturally. It makes use of homeopathic remedies that have been succused or diluted until no active ingredients remain. The idea behind homeopathy is similar to vaccination although homeopathic practitioners claim that homeopathy is above and beyond it inasmuch as the doses given are so minute yet powerfully effective.
Chalazion homeopathy is preferred by those who do not want to subject themselves to surgical operations so close to the eye. Homeopathic physicians claim that there are no side effects with homeopathy and that it gives 100 percent treatment for chalazion. Homeopathy does not only treat the condition itself but also the individual’s tendency for stye formation.
Unlike conventional medicine that necessitates a face-to-face consultation for the doctor to make a diagnosis and prescribe medication and a course of treatment, there are some homeopathic doctors who give online chalazion treatment plans. Patients are asked to fill in and send an online consultation form which the homeopathic doctor evaluates before prescribing any of the 42 medications for chalazion.
A downside to the homeopathic approach is it takes a long time (usually two to five months) before results show. Moreover, the exact homeopathic remedy must be given before treatment produces the desired results. The lengthy time period for this chalazion treatment method makes it inconvenient for those who seek quick cures.
Chalazion Treatment Options – Final Thoughts
These are the most common approaches to chalazion treatment. Once again, please remember that what was just discussed above is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment. When you see chalazion or a stye or any other eye infection developing in eyelids, it is recommended that you consult an eye care professional, whether from conventional or alternative medicine, for a chalazion treatment that is right for you.