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Chalazion

An eyelid cyst caused by the blockage of a meibomian gland.

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About Chalazia

This condition can follow the development of a stye. It is a usually painless firm lump caused by inflammation of the oil glands of the eyelid. Chalazion can be painful and red if there is also an infection.

A complication of blepharitis: Read more about Blepharitis NIH - National Eye Institute

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Interventions for acute internal hordeolum

Hordeolum is a common, painful inflammation of the eyelid that is usually caused by a bacterial infection. The infection affects the oil glands in the eyelid and results in a lump. Often, the infected lump drains and heals by itself with no treatment. However, the infection can sometimes spread to other glands in the eyes and can become long lasting. It can also turn into a cyst (known as a chalazion).

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Interventions for acute internal hordeolum

Hordeolum is a common, painful inflammation of the eyelid that is usually caused by a bacterial infection. The infection affects the oil glands in the eyelid and results in a lump. Often, the infected lump drains and heals by itself with no treatment. However, the infection can sometimes spread to other glands in the eyes and can become long lasting. It can also turn into a cyst (known as a chalazion).

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Also called: Chalazia

See Also: Hordeolum, Blepharitis, Sebaceous Glands, Meibomian Glands, Cysts

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