Unlike Styes that continue to swell for about 3 days until they break open and drain, Chalazion is enlarging more slowly. Most chalazia resolve by themselves within several days to weeks, but sometimes can take months or years to completely disappear. Warm compresses over the affected area and gentle massage can promote drainage of the blocked gland. Anti-inflammatory eye drops, ointments or an injection into the bump (antibiotic or steroid) may be needed.
Oral antibiotics may be used if the chalazion is associated with bacterial infection of the surrounding eyelid tissues (cellulitis). A large, swollen, or persistent chalazion might require surgical drainage.