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A 32-year-old member asked:

what could be causing my upper eyelid to be swollen?

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Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Infection / allergy: Swelling of the upper eyelid could be from an infected oil gland or skin glan, from a blocked oil gland (stye or chalazion), from allergy, from an insect bite or exposure, and from edema related to lying down. Infections are usually painful, tender and diffuse, while a stye is more like a non-tender lump. Allergy usually is associated with itching. Also, blepharitis is a chronic low grade infection.

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A 26-year-old member asked:

My upper eyelid is swollen and a bit redish, what could that be and what to do?

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Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 15 years experience
Stye: Although there are many reasons for a swollen red eyelid, a chalazion or "stye" is probably the most common. It is not an infection but essentially a blocked oil gland on the eyelid. Usually they will resolve with warm compresses on the eyelid a few times a day for about a week. If is doesn't resolve, seek care from an eye doctor.
A member asked:

My eyelid is swollen and hurts. Should I ice it? Or apply heat to it?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Depends on cause: Icing the lid help reduce pain and swelling. Once the swelling is improved, warm compresses help clear out the oil glands in the lids which often cause the redness and inflammation in the first place.
Compton, CA
A 20-year-old female asked:

Bottom eyelid swollen hurts to blink what could it be? I was wearing make up & was inside in the hot and went out to the fresh air could tht cause it

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
No: Swollen eyelids indicate irritation, infection, allergic reaction, etc. Need to have it to checked out if does not resolve or worsens in someone young, higher chance for being a stye, or a bite or allergic reaction if otherwise healthy and no trauma.
Forest Hills, NY
A 18-year-old female asked:

My boyfriend's upper eyelid was swollen 3 weeks ago, maybe contact lense irritation or something. Now it's almost gone, but at the end of the upper eyelid is still swollen. Will it go away by itself? What can he do? Thanks.

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Please See EyeMD: Eyelid issues in the setting of contact lens use is a very bad mix that can lead to devastating consequences. I am glad things are getting better, but you need to see an ophthalmologist to figure out why did the eyelid swell in the first place! if it was contact lens irritation, maybe it need to be refitted! please see an ophthalmologist.
A 31-year-old member asked:

My eyelid is swollen. What should I do?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Gordon
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Try a warm compress: It could be a variety of conditions, caused by many different things. If it doesn't respond to warm compresses 4 times a day for about 5 minutes each for 2 days, you should see an ophthalmologist.

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