WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
A chalazion is a lump on your eyelid. This lump develops because an oil gland in your eyelid is blocked. A chalazion may be small and then slowly grow bigger.
- Antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria. Always take your antibiotics exactly as ordered by your primary healthcare provider. Do not stop taking your medicine unless directed by your primary healthcare provider. Never save antibiotics or take leftover antibiotics that were given to you for another illness.
- NSAIDs: These medicines decrease swelling, pain, and fever. NSAIDs are available without a doctor's order. Ask which medicine is right for you and how much to take. Take as directed. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems if not taken correctly.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:
You may need to return to have your eye checked. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Ways to help decrease eyelid swelling and pain:
- Apply a warm compress: Wet a washcloth with warm water and place it on your eye. This will help decrease swelling and pain. Your primary healthcare provider will tell you how often to use a compress.
- Massage your eyelid: If you had a steroid shot, gently massage the area. This will help decrease pain and inflammation.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- The swelling and redness on your eyelid does not get better with treatment.
- You see or feel a new lump on your eyelid.
- You feel pressure behind your eyes.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have trouble moving your eyes.
- Your eyelid or eye begins to bleed.
- Your vision suddenly becomes worse.
- Your eyelid suddenly becomes more swollen.
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