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TheraLife has a unique, complete solution to stop recurring chalazia. TheraLife treats the root cause of chalazion, which is chronic dry eyes plus eyelid inflammation (Blepharitis) at the same time. For customer stories, click here.

What is a Chalazion

When an oil gland becomes blocked, a small bump will appear on the eyelid. This bump is called a chalazion. A chalazion can occur on either the upper or lower eyelid since oil glands are all along the eyelid. A chalazion will usually disappear in a month without any formal treatment. However, when a chalazion is left untreated can result in scar tissues. Scar tissue often results in surgery.  

Therefore, the quickest route to healing involved:

Keeping the lids and lashes clean.

  • Unblocking the clogged oil glands with a warm compress.
  • Taking a supplement that allows the body to assist with healing.  

The difference between chalazion and stye? 

Whenever a painful bump or hard bump appears on the eye, the only thing a person suffering can think of is a relief. However, a chalazion and stye are different. It is essential to know the difference in symptoms because each differs slightly, and the causes are different.

Causes of either chalazion or stye

The leading cause of both chalazion or stye is a clogged meibomian oil gland called MGD. MGD is a common result of chronic dry eyes. Therefore, to stop recurring chalazion, we must also treat chronic dry eyes. Inflammation is at the center of this culprit.

Symptoms of a Chalazion

Patients who suffer from meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) tend to have a recurrence of chalazion, which is called chalazia. The cause of chalazion is a clogged meibomian oil gland. Since a chalazion and stye are both bumps located on the eyelid, there is often confusion over which one is present. It is essential to know which one is present because treatment for a chalazion is much easier than treatment for a stye.  

Some common symptoms of a chalazion include:

  • Tender spot on the eyelid
  • Hard lump on the eyelid- typically at the edge.  
  • Watery eyes
  • Blurry vision- a sign of chronic dry eyes
  • Light sensitivity- which is typical of chronic dry eyes.  

Chalazion Prevention

Although not always possible to prevent a chalazion, there are some steps, if taken, that can help future occurrences. For example, keeping the eyelid area clean, applying a warm compress, and keeping the glands open are ways to prevent a future chalazion.

What is a Stye

When an oil gland becomes blocked due to an infection in the eye, a stye appears. A stye is a swollen, pus-filled knot on the upper or lower eyelid, not so much at the edge. Staphylococcus aureus is the bacteria that causes a stye. A stye is extremely painful and causes discomfort. 

A stye and a chalazion are different because a stye is caused by a bacterial infection, whereas a chalazion is non-infectious. Stye is painful and is often larger than a chalazion.  

Symptoms of a Stye

Some common symptoms of a stye include:

  • The painful knot that appears on the eye
  • Puss due to infection
  • Crustiness in or around the eye
  • Feeling of scratchiness in the eye

Chalazion Treatment Options

When treating a stye, TheraLife has created a combination of essential cleansers, supplements, and compresses to speed up and prevent future occurrences.  

We can use TheraLife Eye Enhanced to reduce inflammation and restore the ability of the glands located in the eye to produce vital lubricants that keep the eye healthy and moist. 

Applying a hot compress to the affected eyelid several times a day reduces swelling. It softens any oils that may block the gland. Keeping the eyelids clean is vital. TheraLife has included an eyelid cleanser to keep the eyelids clean and prevent infection. Finally, gentle massage of the lump can help drainage. Be sure to sanitize the hands before touching the eyes.

For treatment of a stye, TheraLife suggests using TheraLife Eye Enhanced. Clean the eyelids with the eyelid cleanser, apply a warm compress for 10 minutes twice a day, and not squeeze the stye. Even though the eye is painful, resist the urge to rub the eye. 

Replace contact lenses with glasses until the stye disappears. Sometimes, a stye will need antibiotics prescribed by a doctor to eliminate the bacteria from the body. Consult a doctor if the stye does not clear up in two days.

Recurring Chalazions and Styes

Meibomian gland dysfunction can cause both chalazia and styes to keep cropping up. The inflammation from both conditions can lead to dry eyes. Dry eyes are prone to infection. TheraLife Eye Enhanced helps the body restore natural tear secretion. In turn, the body can produce its tears. Natural tears are the best defense against future problems. 

TheraLife provides an All-in-One Eye Enhanced Starter Kit, which includes everything needed to keep the eyes healthy and clean.

The key to treating and preventing chalazia and styes is maintaining overall eye cleanliness and health. 

TheraLife has a complete line of eye kits to help patients heal and keep their eyes healthy.

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Questions, call toll-free 1-877-917-1989 US/Canada. International (650)949-6080

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  20. Preseptal or orbital cellulitis, chalazion, eyelid tumordacryoadenitis, or lacrimal glandtumor.
  21. Has he had a recent infection or fever, or trauma to the lid? Does he have double vision? Is there any discharge?
  22. Acute dacryoadenitis.
  23. Infection due to Staphylococcus, mumps, EBV (Epstein–Barr virus), VZV, Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
  24. Obtain a culture and Gram stain of the discharge, CBC with differential, and possibly blood cultures.
  25. Treat the underlying infection with the appropriate systemic antimicrobial agents. He may require incision and drainage or excision.
  26. Lacrimal gland tumors are lymphoproliferative (50%) or epithelial (50%). Half of the epithelial tumors are pleomorphic adenomas (benign mixed tumors) and half are malignant (adenoid cystic carcinomas and malignant mixed tumors).
  27. Complete en bloc excision without biopsy because rupture of the pseudocapsule can result in recurrence and malignant transformation.

 

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