How to Treat a Stye or Chalazion

  • Posted on: Dec 15 2017
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Eye Conditions Lynwood CAStyes and chalazion may be painful or frustrating, but they will often heal on their own and aren’t serious. A stye is characterized by a painful red bump on the eyelid. A chalazion may look similar to a stye, but is larger and likely doesn’t hurt. Styes are the result of an eyelash follicle becoming infected or an infection in an oil gland. A chalazion is caused when an oil gland gets blocked. Let’s address how you can treat styes or chalazia.

But first, let’s determine what that bump on your eye is:

Symptoms of a stye

  • A stye will become red, swollen, and painful as it grows.
  • A stye may cause the eye to water.
  • A stye will usually last three days before it opens and drains.
  • A stye will heal after one week.

Symptoms of a chalazion

  • Chalazia don’t hurt like styes.
  • Chalazia grow slowly but usually go away after a few months.
  • Some chalazia can get large enough to obstruct your vision.
  • A chalazion will start off as a firm cyst or lump underneath the skin of the eyelid.


Although styes and chalazia have specific differences, they can be treated the same for the most part. First, get a warm compress and apply it to the infected area for up to ten minutes, three to six times throughout your day. This will assist in relieving pain and unblocking the pore. You can also use an over the counter treatment, like an ointment. Never lance open or squeeze a chalazia or stye. Instead, let it heal on its own to avoid further pain and the spread of bacteria. Avoid wearing eye makeup or contacts until the area is fully healed.

Arrange a consultation

If your stye or chalazion is not healing with the at home remedies as mentioned, contact Shammas Medical Eye Center to schedule an appointment. We offer a wide range of services and look forward to answering your questions or addressing your concerns. You can contact our office at 310-638-9391 (Lynwood), 562-862-4444 (Downey), 562-690-8887 (La Habra), or 562-464-0590 (Whittier).

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