Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Meibomian Gland Cyst Home Care

Home care for a chalazion includes:

  • Avoid rubbing your eyes.
  • Avoid using eye makeup.
  • Apply warm compresses to swelling:
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 4 hours.
  • Clean your eyelashes and eyelids with a warm wet compress 3 times day:
    • Use a clean washcloth each time to avoid spreading an infection.
    • Gently scrub the eyelid edges with diluted baby shampoo and water.
  • Do not squeeze or puncture the lump.
  • Do not use nonprescription eye drops.
  • Acetaminophen for pain
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Meibomian Gland Cyst Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have a chalazion and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Feb 14, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Meibomian Gland Cyst References
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