Effective Natural Cures for Chalazion

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Posted by Sheila (San Diego, Ca) on 09/05/2011
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I whole-heartedly believe it was the diluted ACV drink that began the healing process for my chalazion on the left eye margin (bottom rim of eye). Since June I've been drinking diluted ACV on and off, not daily, just when I remember to. On a regular basis 3-4 times a week though, I've been using diluted ACV as a facial toner to swipe on my face with a cotton ball. As I do this, my eyes are closed and swipe where the lids meet with the ACV cottonball. Use one side of the cottonball for one eye, then the other side for the other. This is a precaution to keep from contaminating one or the other eye if one is infected with anything.

There is no more exterior trace of the chalazion. The only evidence I see is a tiny, darker pink spot in the interior side of the lower lid where the chalazion had been.

Take care not to overdue with soaking the cottonball, the ACV will sting if it gets into your eye--the cottonball shouldn't be sopping wet. Just one quick swipe across each eye, and then tone the rest of your face with the cottonball.

Oh yes! Start taking supplements that will help you maintain eye health.

Replied by Sheila
San Diego, Ca

Update on my chalazion situation: I believe my main problem is acidosis. I just had a bout of pink eye, only recovering now, and consuming more alkalizing foods has made a significant difference in my visible health.

When I had a breakout of eczema last year, I can probably attribute it to pH imbalance, over doing on the alkalizing though.

Replied by Jennifer
Arlington, Tx
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I went to 3 different doctors or 4 occasions for chalazions. This happened over a 2 month time span. I never had one before. I had the first one lanced, then a week later, I got another one in my other eye. I kept a warm compress on it as I had done before, as well as using an eye wash and eyelid wash pads. The second one went away, then I got another one in the other eye again. I spend hundreds of dollars to see specialist and purchase prescription medication. Nothing worked until I added the apple cider vinegar to my daily regimen. I was disappointed that I spent so much money going to the doctor, when all it took was apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball. I'm just grateful it worked and I haven't had an issue since then.

Replied by Daisy
El Paso, Tx

How long did it take for you to notice the chalazion shrinking?

Replied by Kamilicica
San Francisco, California

How long did it take to notice your chalazion was shrinking from the ACV?

Replied by Miyanda
Livingstone, Southern Province

This sounds interesting, I have one chalazion on my top left eye and havent yet visited any doctor, how ever, I will try the ACV as well, thank you and God bless.

Replied by Steven
New York, Ny

After swiping your eyelids with the cotton ball, do you rinse your eyelids right afterwards while your eyes are still closed?

Replied by Pax
Houston, Tx

I had mine in June 2012. Now, I am free.

Replied by Help
A-town, Pa

Exactly what kind of ACV did you use... Im 16 and im like crying everyday because I have one on my upper right eyelid... I hate it I had it for probably 3-4 months... :C help

Replied by Sammy
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Hi everyone, I was fed up from getting continuous chalazions not until I took your regimen and tried it. I must say that I have spent around 1500 dollars removing them surjically. But I tried the vinegar part and oh my God it is disappeariing day by day.

However, I soak an ear pad the one you clean your ear with and apply it directly to the chalazion. It stings for a while but after that it sort of pulls the pus in the chalazion and allows it to float on top of it forming a head. From here the chalazion oozes and become smaller and smaller each day. I apply Garlic Vinigar on it not apple cider. Anyhow I think any form of vinigar will work.

Thanks so much for this as my chalazion is disappearing thanks to you ;)

Sammy from Kuwait

Replied by Haley

I have a large chalazion under my lower eyelid. People are suggesting putting apple cider vinegar. Do I put it directly on the Chalazion or just on my under my eye? Please respond I do not know what to do.

Replied by Jennifer
Arlington, Tx

Sorry, I hadn't checked back. The chalazion went away within days. I could notice a difference within 2 days. I haven't had one since 2012 when I posted my first response. The doctors told me my chalazion wasn't that bad, but one of my eyes looked swollen and I did not like walking around with one of my eyes lower than the other. Like I said before, I went to 3 doctors, 4 doctors visits, 4 prescriptions and even had my chalazion lanced and the only thing that worked was the apple cider vinegar. First, I used an eye wash. You can buy this at the drug store. It comes with an eye cup. You fill the eye cup to the line and bend your head down so that the cup is on your eye. Raise your head back holding the eye cup and roll your eye around in the wash for a few seconds. After that I used OcuSoft lid scrub. The ophthalmologist I saw gave me samples of these and I really like them. They are good for fast eye make-up removal as well. The pads come in a box individually wrapped and they are textured and pre-moistened. They cost about $10 for a box of 30. You just scrub the eye for a few seconds and rinse. This is also good for people with irritated or itchy eyes. After that, I put a small amount of ACV on the cotton ball and just swiped my eyelid. I did this routine in the morning and at night. I even continued doing it after the chalazion went away because I was scared it would come back, but no issues. There was no trace of my chalazion within a week and I noticed the difference within 2 days. Save yourself some money. Warm compresses were a waste of time for me. It didn't work. I used the compresses and I tried tea bags and heating up a gel eye mask and this just didn't work for me.

Replied by John
New York
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Hi all, after reading so many stories with positive results of having used the apple cider vinegar, I decided to give it a try myself. Perhaps I'm exaggerating with the quantity of ACV I put on the cotton ball, but I notice the skin of my eyelid having a darker color, almost as if it's being "burned" or irritated by the vinegar. Was this normal for some of you as well? Also, would you recommend putting the ACV directly on the chalazion (i.e. on the underside of the eyelid where the chalazion actually is)? Thanks for any help you can offer, I love this forum!

Replied by Sowmiaravi

My chalazion is 5 days old now. I had a stye for a week before it developed into a chalazion. I started using ACV, it's day 2 for me. My chalazion is on my upper eyelid, but below the lid. I can see it forming a head when I lift my lid to check. I am currently applying the ACV compress over my closed eye, but since the chalazion is on the inner lid, will it work? How long will it take to open up? what should I expect?? Please help!

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Posted by Doctor Mom (California) on 01/18/2016
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My daughter plays basketball (17 yrs old)... and during a game she got poked in the eye, probably by a nasty sweaty dirty finger. The next day she woke up and her whole upper eyelid was swollen. We immediately put warm compresses all day. Her eye was swollen for about 2 days. Once the swelling went down, it left a huge lump on her eye... I would say almost the size of a dime on her upper eyelid, but the lump was huge. I sent her to the doctor 2 days later just to make sure there was nothing else going on.

Waste of time and money...all doctor said was it was a stye and put warm compress. So we kept with the warm compress for two days..but not only did we NOT see a difference, she has sensitive skin and the skin on her eyelid was so dry and red that if we continued to do warm compresses, the skin on her lid probably would've came off. I tried to set an appt with an optomologist, but the appt was scheduled for a month out... UGH!!!

Remember my daughter is 17. She's a senior in high school... and she has her first school dance in 3 weeks. We couldn't wait for the doctor appt in 4 weeks and I had a feeling the doctor was going to say "Warm Compress".. So I googled home remedies for Stye.. came across some guy that said Salt water flush all day, as salty as you can take it. Okay.. it's worth a shot. And my daughter was willing to do anything at this point. She was so embarrassed having it there. (Estimating it's about Day 6 since the poke in the eye)

Did the salt water flush for a couple days (yes, it stings), but it didn't make enough of a difference for me to feel like this was the right solution... Googled again.. I don't know how I came across Chalazion, but I was convinced that's what she had because the back of her eyelid did not have a 'sore' like a stye (you know how a cold sore has the white sore.. well this did not have it.. you can see where there may have been a sore, but there wasn't one now (kinda looked like a scar under the eyelid).. So I was thinking it was a stye that healed wrong and the skin under he eyelid healed with the lump still there...

Anyway I wasn't going to give up, next home remedy I found and decided to try.. Apple Cider Vinegar. I added a tablespoon of ACV to every 1 cup of warm water. I took a Qtip, dip it in the solution and applied it to the back of her lid where the sore probably was. (Stings more than the salt water flush) We had regular Hines apple cider vinegar.. used that for one day, but the next day I decided to get 'Braggs ACV with the mother'... used that for two days, just in the evening (since she had school). I still was not happy with the results.. the lump was going down a bit but at a snails pace. I was thinking maybe because we were only applying it in the evening.. so for the next two days.. morning and evening.. but still not happy with results...

On to the next remedy.. Activated Charcoal.. I found some pills called Charco Caps at Walgreens (came in bottle $22 for 100 pills) opened the pills up to get the charcoal. I made a poultice out of it.. (1 spoonful of active charcoal, equivalent to about 8-10 capsules, mixed with a spoonful of flaxseed meal (bought at grocery store) and added water.. you can also google how to make charcoal poultice) I put the mixture on a band aid and she left it on overnight.

Next day, I can see a difference, not huge, but more than the other two remedies after the first use... did it again the next day.. slight difference again.. I decided I would apply apple cider vinegar before I put the poultice (this time I did not add water to the ACV).. Next morning... I finally started to become convinced something was working... (I think about 7-8 days had passed since the initial salt water flush). So next morning, we applied ACV in the morning before school and applied ACV in the evening before the charcoal poultice overnight.. At this point.. not only did it go down about half the size, but the white sore in the back appeared.. Ok now, I'm really convinced it was working... since the white sore was there, we decided to add the salt water flush back to the evening routine (it's about a week and a half now since the initial salt water flush).. so we did salt water flush, ACV, poultice for a couple days.. it now looks like a small stye... we're going to keep with the same routine until its gone.. I think after about 1 more week it'll be fully gone!

I hope this helps someone else out there! It didn't work overnight, but it's definitely working. Keep in mind we had to work around our busy schedules (on top of trying each remedy separately). If you start right off the bat with the combo remedy of flush, ACV, and poultice and treat more than once a day... I think it would work even faster!

Good Luck!

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Posted by Joanna72 (Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire) on 06/13/2015
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Hi, I am going through my first and hopefully last chalazion. It all started about 5 weeks ago when my left eyelid started to swell up. I didn't know what was causing it at first and because it wasn't painful I just ignored it thinking it was just an infection and that it would resolve by itself. About a week later though a small bump started to develop in the middle of my eyelid right on the lash line, which scared me at first as I had never seen something like it before and seeing a small lump on my eyelid made me think the worst to begin with. I then researched my symptoms online and what came back was a chalazion. What I had seemed to fit what I had read and seen on the web. I went to see my doctor and he thought it was a stye and prescribed me flucloxacillin for a week. It wasn't long after starting the antibiotics that I woke up one morning and had yellow crustiness on my upper and lower lashes along with white gunk in my eyes and lashes, not nice!

I started early on with just using hot compresses and massaging. After reading up on home remedies I then began using ACV as well as washing my eye out with saltwater. The pea sized lump I had on my lash line two weeks ago has now almost gone but my eyelid is still badly swollen and puffy looking. I have also damaged the top of my eyelid as I overdone it with the massaging and some skin has come off. Is it best for me to stop because of this? It's just I'm worried that the lump will get bigger again if I don't continue with the warm compresses.

Also, do you wash ACV off your eye immediately after applying it or do you just leave it on? No one's explained that yet.

Replied by Jewels
Ny, Ny

First off I would stop with the massaging. If you feel it will help I would do it after you've applied castor oil to the area. I had what I thought was a stye about a week and a half ago. After the first four or five days the swelling went down and the pain went away leaving me with the bump that I discovered is a chalazion. I immediately found natural remedy sites and all of them discuss the apple cider vinegar compresses. I am drinking it (1tbsp in 8 oz. of water) twice a day as well. Additionally after each compress I do which is about 3 times per day I don't necessarily wipe off the apple cider vinegar but I follow up with leaving a layer of castor oil on my lid. I tried some light massage tonight but the castor oil helps you not irritate the skin. The pea sized ball has gone down significantly since starting this regime which I have been doing for about 4-5 days. All the sites I have read over and over state to continue this until it's gone which has time frames that vary. I also have not been wearing any eye makeup at all during this process. Keep at it! It seems it works! Just don't massage your eye without the castor oil.

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Posted by Cynthia G. (Michigan) on 08/09/2015
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I was treated for Graves Eye Disease from 2006-2011 and had 21 eye surgeries through this ordeal.

I had 7 decompressions, muscle surgeries, eyelid stuff, retinal procedures and was warned that there was a good chance someday that the sebacious glands would plug up and I would have chalazians. I was treated throughout my eye disease at the VERY BEST EYE HOSPITAL, KELLOGG EYE CENTER, on Planet Earth. 4 years later I got my first chalazian and local doctors thought it was due mostly to all the build-up from scar tissue. So I tried heat compresses for months and one surgeon removed it by cutting through top of eye lid because my lids have been through too much and are brittle and cannot be flipped.

Then 4 stitches and cauterization later, I think all is well. Within 3 weeks I have 4-5 new bumps forming. So I go back and see another doctor and he suggests 4 shots to the eye that will infiltrate the bumps and tells me they will be forever banished in 30 days and NONE will return. I won't even BEGIN to try and explain how crazy painful this procedure was and now I know why FEW attempt this one but I was truly desperate. And I made a SERIOUS LAPSE IN JUDGMENT by not returning to the Kellogg Eye Center and Dr. Victor Elner.

Needless to say, 3 weeks after this last procedure, 3 more cysts appeared and rapidly enlarged. The doxycycline I had been on was doing nothing for me but giving me a constant and consistent yeast infection. I couldn't win. In fact, I felt like I was totally losing ground. So I got on the net and found Earth Clinic and in 12 hours my eye life began to change.

I read about the white tea bag compresses and the ACV applications to the affected eyelid and whammo....when I woke up in the morning my bumps were reduced in size noticeably and apoeared to be coming to a head. Now within 2 days we were able to express the bumps and I have not stopped with the vinegar as I believe it will keep the sebacious glands from hooefully clogging.

I also took someone's advice on Earth Clinic to use baby tearless shampoo to wash eyes. Great idea and I use nothing else.

And I top my regimen off with frankincense or purified castor oil to keep my lids smooth and soft. It has been only 2 full weeks and my affected eye looks so normal it is unreal. Everyday it looks healthier.

The last procedure, the one with the 4 shots to the lid, was traumatizing, and the combination I guess is what has caused me to lose roughly 25 or so eyelashes from the outside upper lid corner. Ugh! I am now hoping time and essential oils will encourage new growth. It has been approximately 3 months.

And I also drink 2-3 ounces of ACV a day and have done this for years. But it was the q-tip and ACV applied directly to the lid that started my turn-a-round. I must comment on how EASY hot compresses are with tea bags. They hold the heat better than anything plus to warm up you just drop back into your hot cup of tea. Chamomile tea works well, too. Have to wonder if the properties of tea are also miracle workers :-) I did both initially.

Any tips on lash growth? One thing at a time.......thank you! Cynthia

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Cynthia, I can attest to the fact that castor oil does grow lashes, even in "empty spaces", not only lengthening existing lashes.

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Posted by Betty (Jonesboro, Ga) on 07/08/2013
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For chalazions: Boil an egg then wrap in a clean dry wash towel while the egg it still hot. Place the towel on eye with the chalazion for 15mins a day. Guarantee the chalazion will be gone completely within a week.. It worked for me and others.

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I had chalazion on my upper and lower lid of my eye. After the surgery has done 1 month later I can feel the bump on both the places. Can I follow this boiled egg treatment. If so how long and how many times a day. Thanks in advance.

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Posted by Relief (West Coast, Ca) on 11/14/2012
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Son is 14 and has had 2 chalazions: at 7 months old baby dr exam, dr said she 'just came from a seminar that taught a terrific new infant massage therapy' and pressed her knuckle hard into my son's left eye socket saying she was massaging the bone?! I grabbed him and left. Next day his eyelid center had half-inch ball-shaped chalazion. Crying painful, pushing into eyeball, couldn't open lid or blink. 3 days later, it seemed larger. Different dr referred us to eye dr who matter of factly told me he'd be glad to lance it but baby would lose his eye as dr never used eye shield or guard and baby still would have a good eye. Instead, I took baby home, put gentle moist warm wet baby washcloth on eyelid to cleanse mucus and watering.

Called my mom (72 yrs old). She told me put a dab breastmilk or room temp regular whole milk on chalazion. Within an hour, swelling reduced. I reapplied again, then a very slightest dab aloe liquid from my garden plant. Next day, chalazion was half size. In 2 days more it was gone forever, no scar. At 14 he had an identical chalazion lump grow to cover entire backside of one earlobe. Since no pain we didn't pick, pierce, lance. After 1 month, it was about same size, but tender. We applied gentle wet warm washcloth to soothe and soften. It showed reducing next day after slight dab hydrogen peroxide, milk and aloe. Next day we dabbed milk, aloe, olive oil and kept it clean, dry. It is almost gone in a few days. Seemed these last 3 did most help. Thank you forever mom. Love this site. Thank you.

Replied by Foster
New Zealand

I'd like to recommend Skinoren - 20% Azelaic acid- instead of ACV. This is naturally occuring but expect it's synthesised in the cream. I had great success with it for treating rosacea on nose and eyes over a few months it went from quite bad to almost gone.

Currently I also noticing improvement on a chalazion after 4 days (top of eyelid only), while also using hot compresses. That's after around 4 weeks of just getting worse or no change.

Much less harsh and stingy than the ACV also.

Replied by H
London, UK

Hi. I have had a chalazion for more than 3 weeks and I went to the walking center and they didn't give me anything. I am trying the heat compresser but nothing; what am I supposed to do?

Replied by Mhel

i had an chalazion on my upper eyelid almost 10 yrs ...i had gone for 8x surgery and biopsy but till now it uncured.....

Castor Oil  

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Posted by Jared (Portland, Oregon) on 03/04/2016
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Had one of these nasty things (chalazion) appear on the inside of my lower left eyelid. I am a Earth Clinic regular so this was the first place I came after the baby shampoo had zero effect.

Castor Oil. started applying and also purchased a dry eye compress off of Amazon. Benefit was immediate. Size reduced drastically after the first heat treatment. Keep applying castor oil directly to the bump on the inside of the eyelid and use heat regularly. After 2 days, bump is almost gone.

Castor Oil directly to the Chalazion with lots of heat.

Replied by Danielle

Hi there! I was wondering. Is there a specific brand or kind of castor oil you used for your eye?

Replied by Iris
Fairfield, Ca

Hi! I'm going to try the Castor Oil way with heat. How often should I apply Castor Oil? Thanks

Replied by Shane

Starting my castor oil treatment today. I have had this chalazion for about a month and it has grown to a noticeable size on my upper lid. I now have another one on my lower lid that is much smaller. I have applied directly on the affected area under the lid. I felt the lower lid working almost immediately. I'll repost after a few days to give progress. Thanks to all for your help.

Posted by Steve (San Diego, Ca) on 01/13/2016
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Chalazion treatment:

ACV did not work (made things worse). Switched to castor oil and compresses - this cleared everything in two days.

Cheers, Steve

Replied by Sabah
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I tried literally every remedy out there. I had three eye surgeries and they kept coming. Had to dig for the cause since I follow a very careful regimen of eye care, hygiene and the rest of it. Finally I was advised it's hormonal change of the body and there's no solution. I started trying natural remedies one by one to avoid the risk and the cost of further surgeries on the go. Nothing worked and just one day before I my surgery was scheduled I thought the only thing I didn't try is castor oil. I never thought it'd work but then I thought it'd do no harm to try and it worked like a charm! . After cleaning eyes I applied a very small amount topically on the chalazion, three times on that day and by next day the cyst appeared from the outside of the lid and started drying out and peeling off like a pimple. It has always been there right in front of my eyes. Not the baby shampoo, warm compresses, eye washes, drops, antibiotics, eggs, coconut oil, breast milk, apple cider vinegar, frankincense oil, tea/rice bags, nothing worked despite the trouble I went through to get them. Castor oil is a miracle remedy! . In one week of three topical applications (one before bedtime), my eyes looked and felt perfect. Thank God! , and thanks to the guy from Lebanon. It was your tip I followed.

Replied by Imran

I have the same bump in my upper eye lid for last 2 weeks.I had 2 operations as well but don't want to go for another surgery. I've read that castor oil really works I have never tried but want to try now.But confuse do I need to apply it out side the eye or directly inside the eye on the bump?

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Imram,

Either way would probably work. I have used castor oil on the eyelids and right on the eyeball. Right on the eyeball will cause some temporary blurriness though. (So, I just do that at night.)

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Sabah

On the outside and be consistent using castor oil and warm presses. I found my diet was the reason.

Replied by Kate
Toronto, Ontario

Hi Steve-- did you use wet or dry compresses? I'm going into day 2 of using this and praying it works! Whenever I do a wet compress I find that the bump gets bigger.

Replied by Reglisse
New Brunswick

I also find the same thing! ( it gets bigger with the warm compresses). I have it since almost 2 months, it was large as a pea and my vision was blurry. It has decreased significantly in size when I did a full week of the following treatments: 3 eyewash/day with sea salt water mix, warm compresses every 2 hours for at least 10-15 min and massages, castor oil poutice once a day and applied apple cider vinegar 3 times a day . Then the holidays kicked in and I stopped the salted water wash. It hasnt decreased since then, not sure if this isvrelated but I am starting again today.

Posted by Franky (Beirut, Lebanon) on 02/28/2013
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Castor oil really works for a chalazion. It's better than any treatment. Just keep applying it topically on the bump everyday. It can take from 2 weeks to 6 months depending on your immunity. But it will surely go. Take 2 day breaks when using for more than 2 months. You can help your immunity by staying off wheat sugar and junk or fried food. Castor oil really really works. Please help spread the word to the people here because I dont have much time.

Replied by Ajj
Toronto, On

Do you rub it on the outside of your eyelid? Or in the inside?

Replied by Anshul
Amritsar, Punjab, India

Do I also need to do warm compresses? Plsz share ur experience.

Chalazion Disappeared On Its Own  

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Posted by Linda Sa (Sedona, Az) on 02/29/2016
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I developed a chalazion last summer and tried twice-a-day compresses with light massage, boric acid washes, and apple cider vinegar on the outside of the lid for a couple of months but none of those worked to diminish it. I finally gave up trying anything and didn't worry about it.

Now, eight months later, it is completely gone without me doing anything to it - I didn't even stop wearing makeup. It disappeared by itself and I didn't need to try and fix it. It would be good to know if this is true for others - that the lesions just disappear on their own for everyone - or if I just got lucky.

Replied by Victoria
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This also happened to me. I had a chalazion for a few months and then it disappeared. Now I have another one that's been here for a few months also so I'm hoping it'll do the same.


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Posted by Rob (England) on 04/27/2016
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I developed a chalazion back in September 2015. After going to the doctor I then researched remedies on this site, while I awaited an appointment for the surgery... I tried the ACV but managed to burn my eyelid. Probably putting too much on too often in my haste to get rid of it. Anyway, the day of the surgery came round and I stupidly looked at the procedure on the Net... After then cancelling the surgery I kept up with cleaning my eye with just soap and water... I then tried just a dab of chamomile essential oil morning and evening. Within one week it was gone. This could of course be a complete coincidence, as these things do clear up themselves. I thought I would post this here just in case it is of any use to someone. I do understand how annoying they are, and I was becoming quite self conscious... All the best!

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Posted by Samantha (Santa Cruz, Ca) on 07/13/2016
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My four year old hated warm compresses, so I tried massaging coconut oil into his eyelids (eyelash zone) after wiping with a damp cloth, morning and at night before bed time- just a quick 3-4 second massage to get it into the eyelid and inner eyelid area. Coconut oil does not irritate eyes.

It took some time for the chalazion to eventually burst and go away, but he has not had a recurring one since (it's been 6 months), and he was having them all the time (sometimes one in each eye). I think this is the way to manage someone (especially a child) who has recurring chalazion problems.

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New York

Another amazing remedy that helped my son was castor oil.

Posted by Alison (Naples, Fl) on 08/29/2015
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Before I went to bed, I put coconut oil(virgin, cold pressed, found in most grocery stores) on a piece of gauze bandage, then used medical tape to secure it to my eye. I also taped a cotton ball over the gauze bandage, so it would push the bandage into my eye socket so the coconut oil was kept against my eye. In the morning I could see drainage on the gauze. I repeated this for 2 nights and my chalazion was gone.

I have had chalazions many times. They usually take weeks or months to heal. I have had one surgically removed.

I will never do hot compresses again, the coconut oil is the answer.

I hope this helps many people avoid the embarrassment of chalazions.

Replied by Joann
Orlando Florida

I suffer from recurring chalazion's as well. I will try this & hope this works. I've already had one surgically removed on my lower eyelid & had another one on my upper eyelid where the Dr injected with steroids NEVER AGAIN!! The chalazion has come back. 😲😲

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Posted by Juliemarie (Front Royal, Virginia) on 09/23/2015
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I read all the posts about remedies for a chalazion, such as apple cider vinegar, castor oil, etc., and all of these are great, but I'd like to offer you a way to keep from getting them in the first place. I discovered that there is a compelling link between foods you are sensitive to and the development of a chalazion on your eye. For me, it is eggs, dairy, and anything with sulfites in it, like white wine. You will want to experiment until you find your trigger foods. I learned this concept from a total stranger, who saw me putting expensive eye drops in my eye in a public restroom, and saw my chalazion. Happily for me, she was not shy, and she approached me and asked, "Do you eat eggs?" Imagine my surprise and confusion. She told me that she recognized both the eye drops I was using and the chalazion I was treating. She said she used to get them all the time, until she learned that she was allergic to eggs. I quit eating eggs and the problem went away.

Pay attention to what time of day the problem is worse or gets better. I saw one post where the contributor noted that theirs was worst in the morning. Mine was always better in the morning, and deteriorated after breakfast: of course, since I was usually eating eggs or cereal with milk, and I have learned that both eggs and milk are triggers. The person who wrote that theirs was worst in the morning is probably eating the offending food at dinnertime or later, causing the inflammation to increase overnight.

You will want to do some careful detective work, because you can't assume that a trigger food will give you a chalazion every time: if I eat one egg by itself, I am usually still ok. What happens is that your trigger foods will prompt a chalazion to set in if you either eat the food several days in a row -- or if you are run down or stressed at the time you partake of the food. Or if you eat multiple trigger foods at the same meal. (An egg quiche washed down with white wine would give me one for sure! )

So continue with all the great ACV, castor oil, etc. that are suggested on this blog -- but try to find why you are prone to them in the first place. Food sensitivities can cause a broad array of weird health issues.

Warm regards from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, JulieMarie

Replied by Juliemarie

It's me again: something I forgot to add in my post above about food sensitivities, is that it often takes several days for a chalazion to emerge after eating a trigger food, so don't just look at what you ate the day before. Once you already have the chalazion, eating the trigger foods will worsen the problem, which is why time of day matters, once you have the problem. But when it first shows up, it might be something you ate in the middle of last week, so look carefully at your overall diet, rather than just the meal from the day before. Some trigger foods go to work faster than others: eggs will cause them for me within about two days. Other foods have a longer lag time. Hope this is helpful!

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Posted by Sean (Wa., US) on 01/07/2015
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My chalazion began when I returned from a camping trip and realized my upper eyelid was red and swollen. I had some antibiotic eyedrops left over from a bout with pink eye that I used a couple times daily. The swelling and redness went away after a few days and I thought all was well... but noticed I could now feel a tiny bump on my upper eyelid if I touched it with my finger. It wasn't visible and it didn't hurt, so I just ignored it.

Two months went by and the tiny bump that seemed dormant the whole time suddenly started growing, and my eyelid again became red and a bit swollen. I found earth clinic and decided to try applying apple cider vinegar (which I heated up in the microwave, soaked up with a cotton ball and pressed to my eyelid for 5 minutes a few times a day). I didnt have "with the mother" ACV so I used some western family 5% acidity ACV. After day 3 of this, MY EYELID BECAME EVEN MORE RED, SWOLLEN, AND IRRITATED. And the bump seemed bigger than ever.

I immediately stopped using it and went to the doctor. The doc said I had a chalazion and I would have to see a specialist to get it lanced (they turn your eyelid inside out and cut open the chalazion to let it drain. heal time supposedly = 2 days). I decided to try some other natural cures before resorting to this, so I went out and bought the works... "with the mother" ACV, silver hydrosol (colloidal silver to drop in my eye), Activated charcoal capsules, and fankincense essential oil. I began with only using silver hydrosol drops five times daily. This seemed to take down the swelling and redness of the eyelid, but didnt do much for the bump. I proceeded to try all other above treatments, as well as FINALLY trying a warm moist compress 3 times daily. THE WARM MOIST COMPRESS REALLY SHOWED RESULTS!!!

Heres what I did that really seemed to work...

BOIL AN EGG- this acts to retain the heat for the warm (more like hot) compress

WRAP IN A COTTON SHIRT- you may want to fold over a couple layers of material, then take away layers as the egg cools off so the contact is always nice and hot (don't burn yourself, but you want it to be as hot as seems reasonable)

DIP THE SHIRT COVERED EGG IN THE HOT WATER- to get it moist, the steamy warmth feels great on your eye and I'm convinced helps.

APPLY TO YOUR EYELID- I would kinda push the bump around with the egg while I did this, to kinda massage it and stimulate it.


I did this 3 times daily and immediately after would rub some frankincense oil on the eyelid. On the third day I could really feel the bump on the inside of my eyelid, like the skin was hardening and becoming slightly more abrasive on my eyeball. It literally felt like it was about to pop from the inside! The next time I applied the egg compress, I swear I felt the blocked oil duct in my eyelid open up, and the chalazion felt like it had popped. I looked in the mirror and the bump (that was about the size of a small pea) was considerably smaller, and there was gunk in the corner of my eye that easily wiped away. Over the next 2 days my eyelid felt much better, and I continued applying the egg compress, each time getting more gunk out of my eye and the bump becoming smaller and smaller until it was gone!

I really encourage anyone suffering from a chalazion to be persistent with the egg compress, I think off all the treatments out there this is the one that really produces some real results!!!

Replied by Kate

How many days to remove it?

Replied by Linda
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Thanks so much for advice, egg compress and ACV worked wonders and my cyst has gone, so thrilled