What is a chalazion?
A chalazion is a persistent inflammation or swelling of the upper or lower eyelid. It usually includes the middle part of the eyelid as well.
What causes a chalazion?
A chalazion is caused by a blockage of one of the glands in the eyelid. Swelling may also occur in other parts of the eye due to a secondary infection.
What are the symptoms of a chalazion?
Each child may experience symptoms differently, but the most common symptoms of a chalazion include:
- a small bump that can usually be felt in the eyelid
- a gradual swelling of the eyelid
- discomfort in the eye or difficulty seeing if the chalazion is large
Swelling associated with a chalazion is not usually painful, but the entire lid may become swollen and painful if the initial chalazion becomes infected.
Because the symptoms of a chalazion may resemble other conditions or medical problems, you should always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.