Styes and Chalazia in the eyelids, common in Detroit By William Goldstein on December 27, 2011

Almost every internet board, or Q and A site has a question regarding lumps and bumps in the eylids! Styes and chalazia in Detroit are really common. A clear understanding of their cause and treatment can relieve a lot of anxiety, and allow easy resolution of the problem.

When a small, round and usually tender bump appears in the eyelid, it is a stye, chalazion or hordeolum. All three of these represent blockage and inflammation in a gland in the eyelid, usually an oil or mucuous producing gland. They appear over a few days, and tend to increase and decrease in size.

If a stye does not resolve on its own in a couple of days, then treatment can start at home. Hot compresses, preformed at least 3 times daily for at least 5 minutes each time can soften the blockage, and allow the stye to drain. Some patients use a washcloth, but others use a hard-boiled egg for the compress because it holds heat longer.

Occasionally, antibiotic/steroid drops are needed if compresses don't work, but ultimately, some styes need to be treated surgically. This is done in the office, with a quick injection of numbing medicine, and an incision on the inside surface of the eyelid so that no scar appears.

Patients who get frequent styes should see their eye doctor. Occasionally, they may be part of a larger problem such as blepharitis, or rosacea. The treatment differs depending on the underlying cause, but there is hope!

See your eye doctor when a problem like this 'pops up', for proper advice and treatment options!

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