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Blocked oil gland - is this common?

Blocked oil gland - is this common?

Postby NipTuckandLuck » Sun May 04, 2008 5:17 pm

I've got a huge bump on my upper eyelid. The regular eye doctor says it's a blocked oil gland. He lanced it, but it returned the next day.
Also, I have many white bumps on my eyelids. I've never had either, this all seems to be since my surgery.

I'm having to go have the oil blister surgically repaired.

Has anyone ever had this problem?

Thanks!
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Postby dangerouscurves » Sun May 04, 2008 6:25 pm

The white bumps are common after eyelid surgery. Bring this to the attention of ps as soon as you can, he will remove them in the office. He just puts a fine needle to them and the pimple stuff comes out. It is painless.
good luck
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Bump

Postby nobody1969 » Wed May 21, 2008 5:25 am

I have been suffering from a similar bump. I've found that with heat (e.g., a moist tea bag), I can get the thing to drain on its own. The needle terrifies me and has proven very painful and caused bruising. I would avoid putting any creams there, obviously, if it really is a chalazion-type bump resulting from blocked oil gland. Good luck.
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How's it going?

Postby nobody1969 » Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:54 pm

How is this now. I had to have two removed surgically. It was/is hard. I'd advise almost everyone to NOT put oily creams for scarring and even antibiotic creams since this must have been what caused this.
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I THINK I have this blocked oil duct too

Postby singrsling » Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:27 pm

I had my bleph 6 months ago and have had a red bump on one upper lid, just above the incision, for about 4-5 months. I've gone back three times to the P.S. and he lanced it but nothing; then he gave me small steroid injections which helped for a day or two then was back. He's very puzzled by it and wants to do a biopsy, etc. but I can't do that yet due to lack of good insurance coverage for the lab. It's still red, etc. The other eye is perfect, and overall I'm very pleased, but this red bump bugs me. And now when I push on it it's still a bit sore, which it wasn't before. Any one else have this? He doesn't know if it is a blocked duct, because he said there weren't oil ducts there.

Do you think I should "insist" that he do this for free?
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Biopsy, etc.

Postby nobody1969 » Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:48 am

Watch out for the having it tested. My doctor sent fluid he removed from my chalazia to the lab. They charged $1500 to tell me it wasn't an infection. I don't have insurance.

If it's truly a chalazion, which is basically just a cyst caused by a blocked oil gland, then there's a lot of material online to review. My doctor offered to removed mine surgically for free, but, of course, he wasn't strictly obligated to do so since this was not in any way his fault, just something that happened.

How noticeable is it? I'd be happy to send you photos of mine if you want to compare.

According to what I read, these chalazia oftentimes hang around for a long while until the core is removed.

I'm a little puzzled by what your doctor said about there being no oil glands on your upper lid. My impression is that we have oil glands wherever we have skin/pores. Any article on stys, for example, mentions inflammation of the tiny oil glands on the eyelid. A sty is the result of a short-lived infection and goes away. A chalazion is non-bacterial and a simple blockage, the way I understand it. Hope this helps.
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Postby NipTuckandLuck » Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:11 pm

I, finally, went to a specialist at Loma Linda. She said that a cyst had formed on my tear gland. Although it's gotten smaller, I'm going to have it removed in a couple of weeks.

Even with the small bump (which, I must admit, I'm the only one who notices it), I'm still thrilled with my upper eye lift. I really don't know if it was a result of the surgery or, maybe because of the surgery, I could see the cyst.

I'd still recommend Dr. Meronkkkkkk!
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