Is That a Stye or a Chalazion On My Eye?

Is That a Stye or a Chalazion On My Eye?

Have you acquired a stye or chalazion on your eye? You may be eager to find a solution to removing them safely and effectively. First, you need to learn what is the difference between a stye or chalazion and are learn if they harmful to your eyesight. Continue reading to learn more about these eye issues that affect many individuals and learn how to get rid of them.

What is a chalazion?

A chalazion is the swelling of the eyelid that is caused by the blocked lipid gland. The lipid will leak into the tissue and cause inflammation. The lipid will help to clear out the affected area, yet this process can take two to four weeks.

What is a stye?

A stye is caused by bacteria that seeps into the oil glands in the eyelids of an individual’s skin. Dead skin cells can get trapped with the bacteria near the eyelid and create a painful bump.

Typically, chalazions and styes will run their course and heal in a week or two. This doesn’t mean they aren’t uncomfortable or painful. There are practical measures an individual can take to either speed up the process or ease the pain and swelling including the following:

  • Keep your eyelids clean using a cotton ball and diluted tear-free baby shampoo.
  • Apply warm, moist compresses. You can apply a hot compress for 10-15 minutes several times a day. Allow it to heal on its own and avoid popping the affected area.
  • Ease the discomfort. Over-the-counter medications can help to ease the pain and discomfort associated with a stye or chalazion. Contact Georgia Vision Center for additional help in easing the discomfort with different eye problems.

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