What Is Chalazion?
A chalazion is a gradually increasing, painless nodule or swelling on the upper or lower eyelid that appears due to the blockage of an oil gland (Meibomian gland).
The meibomian gland secretes oil. This oil along with tears lubricate the eyelids and protects the eyes.
A chalazion may develop after a stye. A stye is nothing but an infection of the Meibomian gland (internal stye) or infection of the eyelash follicle or sweat gland (external stye). A stye is a painful condition, whereas chalazion is mostly painless.
A chalazion may disappear without any treatment but, in most patients, it tends to recur even after removing it surgically. Homeopathy can treat this tendency of recurrent stye or chalazion.
Homeopathic Treatment For Chalazion:
As per our experience at Life Force, homeopathy is highly effective and strongly recommended for treating chalazion.
How homeopathy can help in treating chalazion?
- As homeopathic medicines are prescribed based on an individualized approach, they treat the chalazion from its root and remove the tendency of tumor formation and the tendency of recurrence.
- Homeopathic medicines treat chalazion without any surgery.
- Homeopathy also treats the tendency of stye formation, if the recurrent stye is the cause of the development of chalazion.
- Homeopathic medicines improve immunity, promote healing, and prevent recurrent infection of eyelids.
- Homeopathy for chalazion is safe and harmless without any toxic effects.
- The duration of treatment varies from case to case depending on the duration of the suffering, the number of chalazia, the underlying cause, and the tendency of recurrence in a patient.
What are the chances of recovery from Chalazion with homeopathy?
- Excellent result: Homeopathy offers excellent results in the cases with 2-3 styes or chalazia which are present for a few months.
- Good result: Good recovery can be observed in the cases where chalazia are 3-10 in number or recurrent chalazia happen to occur for a couple of years.
- Not so good result: One may find poor results in cases with very large, multiple, and hardened chalazia.
Commonly prescribed homeopathic medicines in chalazion:
Some of the commonly prescribed homeopathic medicines for chalazion are Staphysagria, Pulsatilla, Kali Carb, Silicia, Calcarea fluoricum, Conium, Graphites, Mercurius Solubilis, etc. Self-medication is not advisable. Medicines need to be taken under the guidance of an expert homeopath.
What happens in chalazion? (Pathogenesis)
Hard nodular swelling on the eyelids is known as a chalazion. Meibomian glands present in the eyelids secrete oil, which moisturizes the eyelids and protects the eyes. Infections of eyelids, recurrent inflammation of the eyelids, and recurrent styes lead to inflammation of the Meibomian gland (oil-secreting glands in eyelids) which causes blockage of the duct which drains the gland. The blockage of the duct leads to chronic enlargement of the gland resulting in a chalazion. It is nothing but granulomatous inflammation of the Meibomian gland. Chalazion mostly affects the upper eyelid, but it can affect the lower eyelid as well.
Prevalence Of Chalazion:
Chalazion affects both the sexes equally. It can affect an individual of any age group. Adults are more affected than children due to chalazion.
Causes Of Chalazion:
1) Infections: Bacterial or viral infections affecting the eyelids or conjunctiva may, in turn, lead to chalazion. Poor hygiene and reduced immunity may lead to recurrent infections.
A chalazion may develop after a stye. A stye is the infection of oil glands or eyelash hair follicles. Recurrent infections may turn into recurrent and multiple chalazia.
2) Inflammation: Inflammatory conditions affecting the eyelids, such as chronic blepharitis, seborrhea, or seborrheic dermatitis affecting eyelids, acne, etc. may cause chalazion.
3) Use of cosmetics: Applying excess eye makeup may block the oil glands leading to chalazion.
4) Contact lenses: Prolonged use of contact lenses may lead to frequent inflammation or infection, which may trigger chalazion.
Symptoms Of Chalazion:
Commonly presenting symptoms of chalazion are listed here.
- Painless, hard, nodular swelling on the upper or lower eyelid.
- There may be a history of painful swelling of the eyelid (stye) before the development of chalazion.
- Secondary infection may cause redness and pain in the affected eyelid.
- Depending on its location, a chalazion can affect vision.
Diagnosis Of Chalazion:
A physician makes the diagnosis of chalazion after clinical evaluation and local examination.
Supportive Treatment (Diet, Lifestyle, and Exercises) For Chalazion:
Supportive measure for chalazion:
- Use warm compress as it helps to reduce the inflammation and may help to soften the hardened gland.
- Do not squeeze eyelid or chalazion. Do not rub your eyes.
- Gently massage the eyelids for a few minutes. It will help the ducts of the oil gland drain more effectively.
- Avoid wearing eye makeup and contact lenses until the chalazion gets better.
- Eat healthy food to boost your immunity.
If you are prone to get recurrent eye infection or chalazion, here are a few tips to prevent it:
- Wash your hands before touching your eyes.
- Clean your contact lenses, glasses properly before using it.
- Avoid eye makeup.
- Wash your eyes with cold water at least 2-3 times a day.
Conventional Treatment For Chalazion:
The most commonly practiced conventional treatment for chalazion is its surgical removal. A chalazion is likely to return after surgery due to its tendency to recurrence.
In some cases, medicines are prescribed to control the infection and some medicines are given to reduce the inflammation.
Our Experience In Treating Chalazion At Life Force:
Dr. Rajesh Shah’s rich experience, expertise, and well-designed protocol for treating various chronic diseases have helped many patients all across the world. Patients from over 180 countries are under the direct care of Dr. Shah. After treating hundreds of cases at Life Force, we can say that homeopathic treatment is highly effective and safe in different presentations of chalazion.
As chalazion tends to recur, surgery cannot be the ultimate solution. The tendency of tumor or mass formation has to be removed. Homeopathic medicines, with their amazing power of healing, treat the disease at the root and remove the tendency of recurrent stye and chalazion. After using homeopathic medicines, one can avoid surgery for chalazion and save the eyelid from the knife.
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