What is a stye? / What is a chalazion?

A stye is a swelling of the eyelid caused by a blockage of one of the many small oil glands of the lid. The gland can block off for many reasons, but is usually caused by something called blepharitis. After the blockage, the area around the gland become swollen, red, and inflamed. At this point, the swelling is called a stye. Rarely, after some time, the redness and inflammation will decrease, but a hard round lump will be left behind. This is caused by scarring around the gland and is called chalazion.

What should I do if I have a stye?

Often times, a stye will resolve on its own after a few days. Placing warm compresses to the area 3 to 4 times a day can be helpful. However, if this time does not get better on its own in a few days this is the time to make an appointment with Dr. Braunstein to start treatment.

How do you treat a stye? How do you treat a chalazion?

In the beginning, when the stye is still inflamed and red, there are many treatments that Dr. Braunstein utilizes to speed the process of healing. Often times, a topical medicated ointment is all that’s needed to allow this time to heal and a few days to a few weeks. If this fails, and injection of anti-scarring and anti-inflammatory medication is used. Rarely, if the stye progresses to a hard chalazion and does not get better with other treatments, a small procedure is used to remove it completely.

If you struggle with blepharitis or have a stye, a consultation with Dr. Braunstein in her Morristown office is the first step to improving your eyes.


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