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Child has chalazion. Surgery recommended. Other treatment options?

My 3 year old son has had a chalazion for about 4 months, it is getting larger. He has seen a pediatric opthamologist who has recommended surgery. We initially declined, not because of the surgery itself but the fact that the Doctor says he will have to go under general anesthesiam, which is scary to us. Are there other treatment options before resorting to surgery?
Asked On : Sun, 18 Nov 2012
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Chalazion is caused by inflammation and swelling of oil secreting gland on eyelid. The duct draining the oily secretion get blocked by hardened secretion. Further secretion of the gland accumulates and make the gland enlarged.

Sometimes small chalazion decreases spontaneously when the duct reopens. Hot compression may relieve small chalazion by reopening the duct. You may try this by wetting a clean and washed cloth in warm water and compressing her affected eyelid 3 to 4 times a day. Please clean your hand well with soap and water before the process or you could infect her eyes with another organism.

Chalazion, which does not regress but increase in size, need surgical removal. There is no other way to treat it.

The surgery is very minor one. General anesthesia is the choice in small kids to make them calm during procedure. Other option like local anesthesia is done in adult, but not possible for kids. The surgery is safe and has very few complications.
Answered: Sun, 18 Nov 2012
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