When your eyelid suffers acute or subacute inflammation, that may occur due to a stye, the duct of the meibomian gland suffers an obstruction and this results in the retention of tears and swelling of your eyelid. You may have one chalazion or many. You can have them once or recurrently. A chalazion may last for months or some years.

Even though chalazion might disappear after you undergo a surgery for it, they are likely to return in the most cases. The internal tendency for tumor development is the prominent cause of the return of chalazion. Just like some people have a tendency to have colds or styes, they may also have a tendency to get chalazion. Chronic blepharitis or poor hygiene of eyelid also contribute to recurrently occurring chalazia. However, by following certain effective home remedies, you can alleviate the condition and get relief.

Here are some home remedies which might help you in treating chalazion effectively.

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7 Easy Yet Effective Home Remedies For Chalazion:

1 Warm Compress:

Soak a soft and clean cloth in hot water. Hold this warm, moist cloth on your closed eyelid for about 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat the same procedure 3 to 4 times a day for several days. It is effective in improving the blood supply to your affected eyelid, minimizing the swelling and pain, and promoting appropriate drainage of the gland by opening the pore.

Alternately, you can take equal parts of Epsom salt and clean water and mix them together in a bowl to make a warm compress.  

2 Apple Cider Vinegar:

Put 2 teaspoons of raw, quality apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of hot water. Now, take a cotton ball and soak it in this solution. Apply or dab the cotton ball on your chalazion affected eyelid for 1 minute. Make sure you follow technique 3 to 4 times every day for some days and you will see positive results. Apple cider vinegar helps in reducing pain and inflammation.

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3 Honey And Rose Water:

Combine equal parts of honey and rose water. Apply this mixture on your affected eyelid. Powerful anti-inflammatory effects of honey will be very helpful in speeding up your healing process.

4 Green Tea Bags:

Soak a green tea bag in warm water for about five minutes. Then, remove this tea bag from the water and squeeze out the excess of water. Put the moist tea bag over the affected eyelid for at least 5 minutes. Green tea reduces the size of chalazion by reducing the pain and swelling.

5 Guava Leaves:

Guava leaves contain anti-inflammatory compounds that help treat the swelling and pain resulting due to chalazion. You can use guava leaves along with warm compress technique. You just need to place a guava leaf on your chalazion affected eyelid and cover the leaf as well as your lid with a warm damp cloth.  

6 Gentle Massage Of Eyelid:

Gently massaging your affected eyelid several times in a day will help improve the circulation and drainage effectively. Do not scratch, squeeze, or open the chalazion. Let it drain it naturally.

7 Protect Your Eye:

Protect your eyes from the dust and air pollution, by wearing safety glasses. Wash your eyelids regularly with a little amount of baby shampoo mixed in warm water. Maintaining personal hygiene will help you to recover from chalazion quickly and effectually.

If your chalazion is not responding to these home remedies or if you have a tendency of recurrent chalazion, then think of homeopathy. Homeopathy not only treats the chalazion but also minimizes the basic tendency of its recurrence.

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  -Written by Dr. Aparna, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah.

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