Chalazion / advice needed

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   Posted 11/4/2011 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
On Monday I noticed some irritation on one eyelid. Tuesday it was swollen. By Wednesday it was worse so I went to opthamologist who disgnosed Chalazion and prescribed warm/hot compresses several tmes a day and TOBRADEX eye drops 4 x a day + TOBRADEX ointment at night. It is now Saturday, six days later, with eye worse.

Does this seem like good advice? Is it usual that a Chalazion will get worse after initial appearance and after treatment has started I am away from home for work which makes me less secure about medical care. At what point does surgery become necessary? How long should I go on with this treatment?

I see the doctor ten days after I last saw her that's five days from now. Thanks.

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   Posted 11/5/2011 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
From what I've read a chalazion can not be cured by antibiotics and can take months to go away. They only do surgery if it becomes very inflammed. Usually shots of corticostroid is done to reduce the swelling.
I'd talk to the doctor about what's happening.

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   Posted 11/5/2011 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
This started Monday and it's now Sunday. I started the eye drops, ointment and hot water with cloth treatment Wednesday. It is definitely worse. My vision is somewhat affected as the swelling is preventing total vision. I am getting worried as I am overseas and wouldn't want surgery here. The doctor seems competent and the therapy I am following would seem correct I go back to see the doctor in a few days. The fact that is has become worse in the last couple of days worries me. Any further thoughts?

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   Posted 11/5/2011 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
If it's getting worse I would go ahead and call the Dr. It should be seeing some improvement by now, if not maybe he can suggest something else.
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