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What causes a chalazion?

A chalazion is caused by a blockage of one of the oil glands in the eyelid.

What are the symptoms of a chalazion?

The most common symptoms of a chalazion are:

  • a small bump which can usually be felt in the eyelid
  • a gradual swelling of the eyelid
  • discomfort in the eye or difficulty with seeing if the chalazion is large (swelling of the eyelid is usually not painful)

If the initial chalazion becomes secondarily infected, the entire lid may become swollen and painful.

The symptoms of a chalazion may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.

How is a chalazion diagnosed?

A chalazion is usually diagnosed based on a medical history and physical examination of your child. Additional tests are usually not required.

Treatment of a chalazion:

A small chalazion may go away on its own without treatment in several weeks. However, treatment of a larger chalazion may include:

  • applying warm, wet compresses to your child's eyes for a period of approximately 15 minutes, several times throughout the day
  • mild steroid ointment

Surgery may be indicated to remove the chalazion, if symptoms do not improve.

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