Chalazions are eyelid cysts that look like small lumps under the skin of the eyelid. Although, a chalazion can be confused with stye, sincet hey are often red, tender and swollen initially, it is quite different.
Chalazions can be removed surgically if they don’t go by themselves; however, if you are scared to gounder the knife, here are some effective home remedies for Chalazions (eyelid cysts) that you can try.
What is Eyelid Cyst? How does it form?
An eyelid cyst, also known as Chalazion, is usually larger and less painful than a stye. On its onset, your eyelid will start to swell and may occasionally cause mild pain, irritation and tearing. Within few days a hard lump would appear on the eyelid. If it’s infected with bacteria, it can be more swollen, painful and redder.
The only factor that causes Chalazion is oil gland blockage. Each eye has around 30 – 40 Meibomian glands, oil producing glands, that are present in the upper and lower eyelids. When these glands get blocked due to dirt, dead cells and makeup, oil builds up inside.
In due course, the glands break and excess oil leaks, causing the surrounding tissues to swell. Anyone can get Chalazia but people between the age 30 and 50 are prone to it.
Since they enlarge, they can irritate your eyeballs, cause corneal distortion or visual instabilities.
Chalazions can be an after-effect of a stye, but unlike styes, they are usually deep inside the eyelid.
Some of Common Symptoms of Chalazion are:
- Painless lump about 1/8th inch size, appearing on lower and upper eyelids.
- Excessive tear formation
- Blurred vision due to enlarged chalazion
- Hardened bump on the eyelid that doesn’t go away
Certain conditions that are associated with the recurrence of Chalazions include
- Viral infection
- Skin condition called Rosacea
- Chronic dry eye
- Seborrhoea dermatitis
9 Effective Home Remedies for Chalazion (Eyelid Cyst)
1. Warm Compress
Warm compress on the cyst will increase blood circulation in the area and prompt the hardened oil duct to soften and drain. Warm compress also reduce swelling and pain.
- Use a clean wash cloth and soak it in hot water. Squeeze excess water.
- Place the cloth on the eyelid for 5 minutes.
- Repeat this 2 – 3 times a day until symptoms go away.
2. Baby Shampoo
One of the effective treatments for Chalazion is washing your eyelids, especially the edges with baby shampoo.
- Take a small amount of baby shampoo and rub directly on the Chalazion.
- Alternatively, mix water and baby shampoo in a cup of water.
- Dip a small cotton ball and apply the solution on your eyelid cyst.
- Then, rinse off the shampoo with warm water.
Massaging your eyelid improves blood circulation in the eye which furthermore triggers the cyst to soften and drain.
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
- Follow the warm compress method for 5 minutes
- Proceed to massage your eyelid gently using your fingertips.
- Massage in upward direction.
- Repeat 3 – 4 times a day.
4. Garlic Juice
Garlic is an effective healer. It’s been used in many modern and traditional therapies. So it will definitely work out for your Chalazion.
- Crush or pound 2 cloves of garlic to obtain its juice.
- Apply the juice on your Chalazion and swelling.
- Let it dry beforeyou wash it off with warm water.
(Make sure garlic juice doesn’t enter your eyes.)
5. Ear Wax
Did you know ear wax is a marvellous ingredient to treat Chalazion naturally at home? Yes it is an effective home remedy for Chalazion and itchiness, although it sounds totally gross. But sometimes we should not judge a book by its cover.
- All you should do is simply apply a layer of ear wax on top of the chalazion.
- Wash it off after few hours.
6. Acacia Leaves
Acacia leaves have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively help youto get rid of eyelid cysts. It reduces pain and swelling, and can be used for treating styes as well.
- Bring two cups of water to boil.
- Add a handful of Acacia leaves in it.
- Let it soak until it is warm to use.
- Soak a piece of clean cloth in the water and use it for warm compress on the affected eye.
- Repeat 2 – 3 times a day
7. Castor Oil
Castor oil contains anti-inflammatory agent that is used to treat Chalazion. It reduces the pain and inflammation associated with eyelid cysts.
- Make a thick paste of castor oil and ½ tsp of turmeric powder. Wash your cyst with warm water and then apply the paste on it. Leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.
- Alternatively, followed by a warm compress session, apply castor oil on the cyst with a cotton swab. Do not wash.
8. Guava Leaves
Well, even Guava leaves work wonder on your eyelid cyst. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the swelling.
Once the swelling recedes, it drains the accumulated oil in the duct. Like turmeric, guava leaves’ natural healing properties also speeds the healing process.
- Take 4 – 5 washed guava leaves.
- Warm the leaves slightly in a microwave oven.
- Now place a warm leaf directly on the Chalazion.
- Replace it with another warm leaf once the first one cools down.
- Use the leaves as warm compress twice a day.
9. Green Tea Bags
We all know that green tea is a rich source of antioxidant, and otherwise, green tea is also used as an anti-inflammatory and anti-septic property as it is rich in tannic acid. It will keep any bacteria that may develop in the eyelidaway.
- In a cup of hot water dip a green tea bag.
- Let it infuse for few minutes.
- Squeeze the excess water and place the warm tea bag on your Chalazion for 5 minutes.
- Repeat 2 – 3 times a day.
Please visit you ophthalmologist if your chalazion doesn’t go even after a month, or if you suspect an eye problem.