LUMPS, BUMPS, AND SKIN TAGS
Xanthelasma (or xanthelasma palpebrarum) is a sharply demarcated yellowish deposit of fat underneath the skin, usually on or around the eyelids. While they are neither harmful nor painful, these minor growths may be disfiguring and can be removed with minor surgery.
Other lid masses
Laser Ablation Of Lid Masses
What is a chalazion?
A chalazion is a swelling of one of the oil producing glands (meibomian gland) of the eyelid. It is a Greek word for a small lump. A chalazion can often be confused with a stye, which also appears as a lump in the eyelid. A stye is an infection of the lash follicle, a chalazion is an inflammatory reaction to trapped oil secretions. When a chalazion is small, it may disappear on its own. If it is large, it can cause blurred vision, discomfort and in some cases can cause the entire eyelid to swell suddenly (preseptal cellulitis), which needs to be treated with antibiotics. Occasionally if a chalazion has been present for a long time, it can cause a thickening within the structure of the eyelid, which can be difficult to treat.
How can a chalazion be treated?
Chalazions are treated with any of a combination of the following methods :
- Warm compresses and massage : twice a day Soak the eyelids for 10 minutes with a hot washcloth or wrap a boiled egg /new potato in a wet washcloth (as it will maintain the heat for a long time). Be careful not to burn your skin !
- Steroid injections: The steroid injection can work well if the chalazion is fresh and can be performed with topical anesthesia in the clinic. (OHIP Covered). You just need to pay for the cost of the medications which is around $30.
- Surgery: The aim of surgical correction is to incise and drain the lump. It is a simple 10 minute procedure, often performed under a local anesthetic. (Not covered by OHIP except if it is medically indicated)