A chalazion is a persistent inflammation or swelling of the upper or lower eyelid.
A chalazion is caused by a blockage of one of the glands in the eyelid. Swelling may also occur in other parts of the eye due to a secondary infection.
The following are the most common symptoms of a chalazion. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
If the initial chalazion becomes infected, the entire lid may become swollen and painful.
The symptoms of a chalazion may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.
A chalazion is usually diagnosed based on a complete medical history and physical examination of your child. Additional tests are usually not required to assist in diagnosis.
Specific treatment for a chalazion will be determined by your child's physician based on:
A small chalazion may go away on its own without treatment in a couple of months. However, treatment of a secondary infection or larger chalazion may include:
Surgery may be needed to remove the chalazion, if symptoms do not improve.