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Chalazion

As you may recall (if you don’t please read The Phone Call post) Gage recently had an issue with his eyes and allergies. One morning this past week Gage woke up with one eye swollen.

He's eating an apple

So I gave him Benadryl, washed his face and everything in and on his bed. I assumed it was an allergy of some sort. It didn’t really go away during the day but it didn’t get worse either.

The next morning I woke up to find him like this.

His right eye is fine he just blinked when I snapped this and he wasn’t cooperating enough to get another shot. His left eye was swollen shut! What in the world was going on? There was no goo. His eye was white as could be. So I call the doctor and we go in.

She takes a look in and around his eye. She initially thought something bit him. When she looked under his lid though she informed me he has a Chalazion. A what?

A chalazion is a cyst in the eyelid that is caused by inflammation of a blocked meibomian gland, usually on the upper eyelid. Chalazia differ from styes (hordeola) in that they are subacute and usually painless nodules. They may become acutely inflamed but, unlike a stye, chalazia usually point inside the lid rather than on the lid margin.

Later that afternoon

She sent us home with some eye drops and a follow-up appointment with the eye doctor once it goes away. Easy enough.

WRONG!

So remember the episode of Friends when they are trying to give Rachel eye drops and she’s freaking out. Apparently people are born like that. Gage completely lost it when we tried, make that when I tried to put one tiny drop in. It was horrible. We’re still doing them and it’s still horrible. It doesn’t hurt one bit and he’s completely fine the instant it’s over.

He does look just about normal again and it hasn’t hurt him one bit. We can now add chalazion to our list of weird illnesses.

February 1, 2012 Posted by | Gage's allergies, LIVING | , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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