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Natural history

A chalazion may eventually settle with antibiotic ointment applied regularly onto the eyelid margin for two weeks and hot compresses used if very inflamed. This may leave a quiet noticeable lump which needs surgery.

This picture shows an inflamed chalazion lower lid and blepharitis (crusting and redness at the lashes). There is also an infected lash follicle (small stye).
Picture of a quiet chalazion in the upper lid.
Other cysts can occur around the eyelids such as watery cysts of Moll which are accumulations of sweat fluid in a skin cyst. Cysts of Moll are removed via small skin incisions under local anaesthesia.