Thursday, November 17, 2016

Chalazion and Styes - What is the difference?

treating a chalazion

Chalazion  Versus Stye:  What is the Difference

A chalazion and stye are different.  It is important to know the difference in symptoms because the treatments for each differ slightly and the causes are different.  They both can be a result of chronic dry eyes.  


When an oil gland becomes blocked, a small bump will appear on the eyelid.  This bump is called a chalazion .  A chalazion can appear on either the upper or lower eyelid since oil glands are all along the eyelid.  A chalazion will usually disappear in a month without any formal treatment.  However, many people do get recurring chalazion because they have chronic dry eyes, and their meibomian oil glands become blocked as a result.   

Therefore, the quickest route to healing involved keeping the lids and lashes clean, unblocking the clogged oil glands with a hot compress, and taking a supplement that will relief dry eyes and help healing. 

Symptoms of a Chalazion

People who suffer from meibomian gland dysfunction tend to have a recurrence of chalazions.  However, anyone can develop a chalazion at any time due to a clogged pore.  Since a chalazion and stye are both bumps located on the eyelid, there is often confusion over which one is which.  It is important to know which one is present because Chalazion is non- infectious where a stye is infectious, often bacterial infection. 

Some common symptoms of a chalazion include:
  • ·         Tender spot on the eyelid
  • ·         Hard lump on the eyelid
  • ·         Increased tearing of the eyes
  • ·         Blurry or blocked vision
  • ·         Light sensitivity

Chalazion Prevention

Although not always possible to prevent a chalazion, there are some steps, if taken, that can help future occurrences.  For example, keeping the eyelid area clean, applying a warm compress, and keeping the glands open are some ways to prevent a future chalazion.


When an oil gland becomes blocked due to an infection in the eye, a stye appears.  A stye is a swollen, pus-filled knot that appears on the upper or lower eyelid.  Staphylococcus aureus is the bacteria that causes a stye.  A stye is extremely painful.  A stye and a chalazion are different because a stye is caused from a bacterial infection, is painful, and is often larger than a chalazion. 

Symptoms of a Stye

Some common symptoms of a stye include:
  • ·         Painful knot that appears on the eye
  • ·         Puss due to infection
  • ·         Crustiness in or around the eye
  • ·         Feeling of scratchiness in the eye 

Treatment Options for Stye

First line of treatment for stye is anti-biotics. Typically an antibiotic ointment applied to the eye lids. 

To prevent recurrence of a stye,  TheraLife has created a combination of essential cleansers, supplements, and compresses to speed up and prevent future occurrences. 

TheraLife Eye Enhanced can be used to reduce inflammation and restore the ability of the glands located in the eye to produce vital lubricants that keep the eye healthy and moist.  Applying a hot compress to the affected eyelid several times a day reduces swelling and softens any oils that may be blocked in the gland.  Keeping the eyelids clean is vital and TheraLife has included an eyelid cleanser to keep the eyelids clean and prevent infection.  Finally, gentle massage of the lump can help drainage.  Be sure to sanitize the hands before touching the eyes.

For treatment of a stye, TheraLife suggests using TheraLife Eye Enhanced.  Clean the eyelids with the eyelid cleanser, apply a warm compress for a 10 minutes twice a day, and do not squeeze the stye.  Even though the eye is painful, resist the urge to rub the eye.  If contacts are worn, replace them with glasses until the stye disappears.  Sometime, a stye will need antibiotics prescribed by a doctor in order to completely eliminate the bacteria from the body.  Consult a doctor if the stye does not clear up in two days.

Recurring Chalazions and Styes 

Meibomian gland dysfunction  can cause both chalazions and styes to keep cropping up.  The inflammation from both conditions can lead to dry eyes.  Dry eyes are prone to infection.  TheraLife Eye Enhanced helps the body restore natural tear secretion, and in turn, the body is able to produce its own tears.  Natural tears are the best defense against future problems.  TheraLife provides an All-in-One Eye Enhanced Starter Kit which includes everything needed to keep the eyes healthy and clean.

The key to treating and preventing chalazions and styes are maintaining overall eye cleanliness and health.  TheraLife has a complete line of eye kits to help patients heal and keep the eyes healthy.

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