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    What is the difference between a stye and chalazion?

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  • I have thirty years in private practice as an optometrist at the same location in Leichhardt and have done four postgraduate courses pertaining to Diseases … View Profile

    A stye is a (staphylococcal) infection of the oil-producing gland of an eyelash. Its resolution may be hastened with hot compresses and antibiotic ointment. Even faster resolution may be obtained if the involved lash is epilated (or removed) in order to create a channel for easier outflow of any discharge eg pus.

    A chalazion  is a stagnant retention of secretion of a deeper gland within the eyelid. The main treatment is heat. But antibiotic drops, anti-inflammatory drops, or oral antibiotics may also be tried.

    If unresponsive to such treatment intralesional steroid injection or incision and curettage may be performed. Otherwise, usualy within six months, the chalazion may resolve without any treatment.     

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