Over 2 years ago, I developed a chalazion on my right upper eye lid. They are solid lumps, totally benign, painless, but unsightly and make your eye feel heavy. So 12 months ago I visited my GP to get it removed. They referred me on, and about 7 months later (after lots of stupid and unnecessary consultant appointments and days off work) I had the minor surgical procedure to remove it. Only, the surgery didn't work... the surgeon simply didn't get it out properly and it re-appeared as soon as the swelling from the surgery started to go down. So here I am another 6 months later, pretty fed up with this horrible lump on my eyelid, wondering if I should have a second go at surgery. However, before i do... I want to try something and wondered (as they are apparently quite common) if anyone else has tried what I'm about to explain. The usual suggestion to help clear them at home is to apply a hot compress (for 15 minutes) several times a day for a few weeks. However, in my case this just didn't work and made it look red and sore. I always felt half the reason for this is that it's almost impossible to apply something hot and wet for long enough to be effective. A cloth soaked in hot water goes cold pretty quickly, and although using something like a hot potato wrapped in a towel retains the heat, it does not have the moisture required. So, I'm trying something radical.. I've started filling the bath with very hot water, climbing in submerging my whole face in the water and holding my breath for as long as possible. The volume of water in the bath means it stays pretty hot for a good 10 minutes, and if I come up for air every 30 seconds my eye gets a pretty good soaking. I really want rid of this thing and will try ANYTHING. Has anybody tried this, or does anybody have any other suggestion shorty of stabbing myself in the eye with a needle (not sensible and not going to happen). Please don't just suggest seeking medical advice, because in this case I've done that and the NHS class it as a cosmetic procedure now and won't help. I'm also reluctant to pay the £1000 or so it will cost to have it removed privately (which may not be successful any way).