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Home Remedies for Eyelid Cysts (Chalazions)

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An eyelid cyst, medically known as a chalazion, is a small lump that appears under the skin of the eyelid because of a blocked oil gland. It can develop on the lower or upper eyelid. It is not contagious and is more common in adults than children.

An eyelid cyst is similar to a sty, but it is usually larger and less painful. It is characterized by a localized hard lump and swelling that spreads to the area around the eye and may occasionally cause pain and irritation. When infected, it can become more swollen, red and painful.

The most common cause of eyelid cysts is blockage and inflammation of the oil-producing meibomian glands in the eyelids. People with a history of chalazion and those who often touch their eyelids with unclean hands are more prone to this problem. Some people have naturally thicker Meibomian gland secretions than others, making them susceptible to blocked oil glands leading to chalazions.

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Eyelid cysts are usually not serious and only rarely obstruct vision or pose an immediate problem for the eye. Most eyelid cysts heal on their own within 2 to 8 weeks. However, you can use some home remedies to help them heal faster.

home remedies for eyelid cysts

Here are the top 10 home remedies for eyelid cysts.

1. Warm Compress

A warm compress is one of the best remedies for eyelid cysts. The heat helps increase blood circulation to the area and promotes drainage of the gland. It also helps reduce pain and swelling.

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  1. Soak a soft cloth in hot water (clean and sterilized water) and wring out the excess.
  2. Hold this warm, moist cloth on your closed eyelid for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Repeat 3 to 4 times a day for 2 weeks.

You can also try facial steaming.

2. Massage

Gently massaging the affected eyelid can help accelerate the process of draining. This will promote quick healing.

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water.
  2. Apply a warm compress on your closed eyelid for 5 minutes.
  3. Using your fingers, gently massage the area in the upward direction.
  4. Massage for 2 to 3 minutes a few times daily.

3. Guava Leaves

Another popular home remedy for eyelid cysts is guava leaves. The leaves contain anti-inflammatory compounds that help reduce swelling and pain. In addition, their natural healing power helps speed up recovery.

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  1. Wash 5 or 6 guava leaves thoroughly.
  2. Warm these leaves in the microwave for a few seconds or simply put them in boiling water for 5 minutes.
  3. Place one warm leaf on the affected eye. You can also place a damp, warm cloth over it.
  4. When the leaf cools down, replace it with a new warm leaf.
  5. Repeat this remedy twice daily for several days.

4. Acacia Leaves

Using an infusion prepared from acacia leaves can also help reduce the pain and swelling associated with eyelid cysts, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

  1. Heat 2 cups of water and boil a handful of acacia leaves in it.
  2. When the solution is comfortably warm, remove the leaves, soak a piece of clean cloth in the solution, and use it as a warm compress.
  3. Repeat a few times a day for several days.

Note: Make sure you wash the leaves thoroughly before using.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Many people have also reported positive results after using apple cider vinegar compresses for eyelid cysts. Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties help reduce pain and inflammation and even fight infection.

  • Put 2 teaspoons of organic raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of hot water. Soak a cotton ball in this solution and apply it on the affected area for about a minute. Follow this remedy three times daily for a few days.
  • Also, mix 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. Drink it twice daily for a few weeks.

6. Castor Oil

Castor oil has high anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with an eyelid cyst. It can help bring down the size of a cyst quickly, which in turn means quick healing.

  • First, apply a warm compress over the affected eyelid for 5 minutes. Then, use a cotton swab to apply castor oil on the affected area. Follow this remedy twice daily for 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Alternatively, mix ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder with enough castor oil to make a thick paste. After washing the cyst with warm water, apply this paste on the affected area. Leave it on for 15 minutes, before rinsing with warm water. Repeat three times daily until the cyst is gone.

Home Remedies for Eyelid Cysts (Chalazions) was last modified: July 6th, 2016 by Top10HomeRemedies

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24 thoughts on “Home Remedies for Eyelid Cysts (Chalazions)”

  1. I had troubles for years with a stye in my eye and finally I just got a bowl of hot water, put lots of salt in it and whisked it around, dipped a paper towel in it and while standing over the kitchen sink I dabbled my eye with it several times. I let the salt just dry there till my next shower. And a couple of more times when I would feel it coming back I repeated all of that. Since then I have never once had trouble with a stye in my eye.

    1. Thank God for this comment- or who posted this about the salt and hot water, I used cotton balls with sanitized hands along with a salicylic acid wash of the eye area the morning after.It instantly went away and just to think I had suffered with this for 3 long days.Very Helpful God Bless.

  2. So, I’ll share the method I’ve used to quickly get rid of these cysts. I do the hot compress as suggested above…as hot as my skin will tolerate for 5 minutes or so, re-wetting the washcloth frequently to maintain the temperature. Then dry the area and apply Absorbine Jr. using a Q-tip directly to the bump. Put a few swabs on it but try to avoid getting it in the eye obviously. Do this 2-3 times a day until its gone. The Absorbine Jr. is designed to penetrate the skin and while its usually used for muscle aches it also has anti-septic properties. Works for me…hopefully will for you to!

  3. My daughter had this case since she was 5 months old. And as a parent, it was too disappointing and frustrating to see her experiencing this one after the other it just go around her (both eyes). At the age of 3 we have already consulted 4 doctors, and all of them are saying the same. Eventually, one in her right eye didn’t go, it keeps on growing and the doctor finally concluded to have it operated. After just 2 months there goes the cyst again. Then we decided to bring her back to my home town in Philippines and have her checked in American eye center. To our surprise, the doctor said no medication is needed to cure Chalazion…she recommended the use of Flax seed oil, to be mixed in her food or drinks (milk, juice or water). The idea is that…chalazions are caused by a blocked oil glands, and flax seed oil will help in regulating, circulating and softening those glands. I got one from a healthy option shops and tried using it. We have consumed 1 bottle of flax seed oil since February till now and no chalazions showed up again. And so far the figure of her eyes becomes normal. Hope this helps.

    1. thank for your share. It can help me. I also had chalazion since 4 days and its non paining but may be initial so not paining.

  4. Phew….I got one of these and I was freaking out wondering what it was and now I find out it’s just a blocked gland.

    I think I get this because I got to the gym and run for 1 hour, I sweat a lot and in the morning I had nothing and by 22h, I had one large enough to touch and I’m glad it’s so simple to treat, I’ll be trying to hot compress treatment tonight to see what happens.

  5. I would like to comment that I had mine from november to early february, I felt desperate as I didn’t think much of it at first, but when I realized it was a chalazion it was too late for preventive medicines.( It was ugly, but not bothering eyesight) Also I am pregnant so I looked it up and read that I wouldn’t be helped because of this. I read last week about people recommending epsom salt,-> magnesium sulfate. I got a kilo for 4,50 euro on a dutch pharmacy website. And oh wow after 5 days of giving my eye a eye bath with it. (cup over eye) I saw it turn smaller, I took pictures thinking it might be in my mind. But after 5 days it is alomst gone, I really recommend it. I expected a head forming or some discharge to come out, but it is going without any of that. goodluck

  6. for a warm compress: I use “Hot Hands” wrapped in a bandana & tied around my head to hold it over my eye for approx 15 minutes, then gently massage the area.
    if and when nothing helps and a hard lump cyst remains, I have an eye surgeon remove it.

  7. THIS WORKED FOR ME SO GIVE IT TRY,

    jalapeno Pepper just burn the tip for few minutes till it gets black and put it on the cyst for few minutes do this for couple of days it should go away forever.

    I also like the hot water and salt (sea salt) compress

    just boil on egg and use that as hot compress it will stay warm for long time

    Cheers
    Mike

  8. Just want to share my experience with Castor oil and turmeric. I used warm compresses for over a week with not much results. Then one night I mixed turmeric and castor oil and the next day I noticed my eyelid was swollen more than before. I omitted turmeric and instead did warm compresses and then applied castor oil before going to bed. The next morning my chalazion was much smaller. Next day I didnt get a chance to go warm compresses but did the castor oil application at night before sleep. The next morning, it was only 1/4th left and hardly noticeable. Swelling was also gone.
    Castor oil worked best for me without any warm compresses.

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