What is a Chalazion?
A chalazion is a rubbery, non-painful round lesion on the eyelid. The condition is caused by a blocked oil gland.
Sometimes a stye will turn into a chalazion if the infection disappears but the lesion remains. Whereas styes are red and painful, chalazions usually cause no symptoms beyond the lesion itself.
Chalazion Diagnosis & Treatment
Doctors typically diagnose a chalazion via physical exam.
All you can do is manage the chalazion. Most resolve on their own within a few weeks. Managing the condition mainly includes using warm compresses on the eye.
It is worth noting that antibiotics cannot treat a chalazion.
If the chalazion doesn’t go away on its own your child’s provider may send your child to an eye specialist to have it removed.
Check in with K If…
- You have general questions about your child’s condition
- You want general followup for your child
- You have questions about supportive care
- Your child’s symptoms don’t go away after treatment but are not alarming
See a Doctor in Person If…
- The chalazion grows or becomes red or painful
- The chalazion doesn’t go away after 3-4 weeks
- If your child experiences any eye pain
- If your child experiences a change in vision