Whenever a painful bump or hard knot appears on the eye, the only thing a person suffering can think of is relief.
However, a chalazion and stye are different. It is important to know the difference in symptoms because the treatments for each differ slightly and the causes are different.
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 appear 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, many people do not wish to suffer for a month.
Therefore, the quickest route to healing involved keeping the lids and lashes clean, unblocking the clogged oil glands with a warm compress, and taking a supplement that allows the body to assist with healing.
Symptoms of a Chalazion
Patients who suffer from meibomian gland dysfunction tend to have a recurrence of chalazion. However, anyone can develop a chalazion at any time due to a clogged pore.
Since a chalazion and stye are both bumps located on the eyelid, there is often confusion over which one is present. It is important 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
- Increased tearing of the eyes
- Blurry or blocked vision
- Light sensitivity
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 some 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 that appears on the upper or lower eyelid. Staphylococcus aureus is the bacteria that causes a stye. A stye is extremely painful and causes discomfort to the eye. A stye and a chalazion are different because a stye is caused from a bacterial infection, is painful, and is often larger than a chalazion.
Symptoms of a Stye
Some common symptoms of a stye include:
- Painful knot that appears on the eye
- Puss due to infection
- Crustiness in or around the eye
- Feeling of scratchiness in the eye
When treating a stye, TheraLife has created a combination of essential cleansers, supplements, and compresses to speed up and prevent future occurrences.
TheraLife Eye Enhanced can be used 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 and softens any oils that may be blocked in the gland. Keeping the eyelids clean is vital and 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 do not squeeze the stye. Even though the eye is painful, resist the urge to rub the eye. If contacts are worn, replace them with glasses until the stye disappears. Sometime, a stye will need antibiotics prescribed by a doctor in order to completely 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 chalazions 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, and in turn, the body is able to produce its own 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 chalazions and styes are maintaining overall eye cleanliness and health. TheraLife has a complete line of eye kits to help patients heal and keep the eyes healthy.
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