What is a chalazion?
Chalazion is a chronic non-infective inflammation of the glands of the eyelid. It is a lump in the upper or lower eyelid. Chalazion generally affects the meibomian glands in the tarsal plate, results as a painless and hard nodule of the eyelid. A chalazion is also known as a meibomian cyst, tarsal cyst, or conjunctival granuloma.
What causes a chalazion?
Actually, it is quite difficult to identify a cause for a chalazion. However, it is very common in individuals with blepharitis (eye inflammation) and rosacea. People affecting with rosacea (facial redness and swollen bumps under the skin) are at more risk to have certain eye problems like blepharitis and chalazia. In this condition, the narrow opening through which a meibomian gland secretes its material becomes blocked from narrowing of the opening or hardening of the sebaceous liquid near the opening. Consequently, the gland will have a backup of the material it secretes and as a result the obstructed gland will swell. This result in thickening of the walls of the gland and leakage of oil into the lid itself, thus cause inflammation both within the gland and the eyelid. This inflamed enlargement is called a chalazion. Apart from it, some microorganisms living in or near eyelash roots can also worsen the inflammation around the eye.
The risk factors associated with a chalazion:
Those with thicker Meibomian gland secretions as compared to others have a greater risk of developing a chalazion. Those people, who have had one chalazion, are at greater risk of developing another one in the future. Moreover, individuals with acne rosacea, also have a risk of developing chalazia. Apart from it, seborrhea of the lids (dandruff of the lids) also increases the chances of developing a chalazion.
The symptoms and signs of a chalazion:
The signs and symptoms of a chalazion include a non-painful lump under the skin in one of the four eyelids.
The treatments for chalazion:
The majority of chalazions are mainly treated with warm compresses to the eyelid to stimulate the blood circulation to the inflamed area. It encourages eyelid drainage and promotes healing. Additionally, the doctor might prescribe an antibiotic drop or ointment to be used directly after the compresses. Moreover, in case if the chalazion persists and cause a hideous lump, it can also be removed surgically as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia.
To those who are at greater risk to developing chalazia, doctor can recommend preventative regimens, including cleaning the eyelids, applying medicine on the eyelid and even using oral medication for underlying conditions.
The most commonly given oral medicine for blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction is doxycycline, which is an antibiotic. However, topical and oral antibiotics are generally are not effective as direct treatments for chalazia, because these do not have any active infectious component that would require this kind of approach.
In case you develop a chalazion, there is possibility that your doctor may often apply a warm, moist compress on the outside of your closed eyelid to encourage drainage from the eye’s blocked oil gland.
Homeopathy treatment for chalazion:
Though under the conventional mode of treatment, surgical removal of the chalazion is generally recommended but Homeopathy can treat chalazion successfully in a non-invasive manner by applying a natural, gentle, yet effective approach. Homeopathic remedies soften the chalazion and treat the tendency towards its recurrence.
Most commonly used homeopathic remedies used to treat chalazion:
There are a number of homeopathic medicines that are known to show the most wonderful results in treating chalazion. Some of the most common homeopathic remedies to treat chalazion are Thuja Occidentalis, Conium Maculatum, Calcarea Fluor, Staphysagria and Silicea.
Thuja Occidentalis: Thuja Occidentalis is one of the ideal homeopathic medicines that are generally very effective in treating chalazion attended with heaviness of the eyelid.
Conium Maculatum : It is the best Homeopathic remedy, that is mainly prescribed for chalazion that is particularly very hard.
Calcarea Fluor: Calcarea Fluor is one of the best homeopathic medicines which are best suited where there is a tendency for the chalazion to recur.
Silicea: It is the most helpful among homeopathic medicine for treating those cases where chalazion gets infected with consequential swelling, tenderness and pus points on the eyelid.
Staphysagria: It is also one of the most effective homeopathic remedy to treat those cases, where there is a possibility chalazion recurrence.
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