Hailstone from inflammation


Hailstones are caused by the clogging of meibomian glands.

The hailstone (chalazion) is an inflammation of the meibomian gland in the eyelid.
This inflammation is not infectious and therefore not caused by bacteria or other pathogens. A hailstone is usually the result of a blockage of the meibomian duct and manifests itself as a more or less painful inflammation on the eyelid. A hailstone can appear within a day or a few.

root cause

The Meibomian glandsthat lie like a tube in the lids are for them Sebum production responsible, which is necessary to build up the tear film. If the duct is blocked it can lead to a Hailstone come.

If the inflammation the meibomian gland spreads and around the excretory duct expandscan even cover the entire lid swollen and reddened be.

The blocked sebum secretion does not flow from the meibomian gland into the by itself Conjunctival sac the body's own defense cells are responsible for the inflammation encapsulated. This creates the easily palpable and not very movable node on the eyelid.


A Hailstone (Chalazion) is formed either from even back or it remains, which is often a problem for those affected aesthetic Restriction and at the request of the patient surgically can be removed. It must be noted that the operation leads to a Lid malposition or even deformation of the Cornea can come the one Vision deterioration can bring with it.

In contrast to the Stye the hailstone usually occurs in the Adulthood on. If you repeatedly suffer from hailstones, your family doctor should consider one possible Diabetes (Diabetes mellitus), which is related to the occurrence of hailstones.
Provide both hailstone and stye benign are inflammatory lumps and are not malignant neoplasms on the eyelid.

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