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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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9day ago got hit in my eye. Went to ER day4. swelling went down. Still have this purple bruise line under my eye. Not changing colors. How much longer?

9day ago got hit in my eye. Went to ER day4. swelling went down. Still have this purple bruise line under my eye. Not changing colors. How much longer?

Not too much longer: I am guessing that your eye is normal and not affected by this hit which apparently was soft tissue and perhaps a little bit of contusion of the bones around the eye. The normal pattern is to use crushed ice in a baggie for 3 days followed by very warm (not hot) soaks frequently for the next few days. This will accelerate absorption of the blood and fluid and speed the healing. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for eye swelling and bruises to go? I have a shiner.

How long does it usually take for eye swelling and bruises to go? I have a shiner.

It depends: From a few days to a few weeks, depending on the person and their injury. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for eye swelling and bruises to go after getting hit by ball?

How long does it usually take for eye swelling and bruises to go after getting hit by ball?

It depends.: Depending on the extent of the trauma it can take a few days or up to a couple of weeks. If any bones were broken around the eye socket it can take longer. If you were hit in the eye area by a ball and your eyelids are swollen shut or swollen significantly it is entirely possible that there has been damage to the eye itself and you must see an eye md immediately. ...Read more

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Left swollen eye 4 days now, swelling spreading closer to cheek area. Feels like a bruise?

Left swollen eye 4 days now, swelling spreading closer to cheek area. Feels like a bruise?

Preseptal cellulitis: Is an infectious condition affecting the tissue around the eye. If not properly treated it can spread around to the eye and other surrounding tissue, causing limitations in eye movement and pain. Treatment starts with oral antibiotics, but may require iv antibiotics. You should be seen right away so proper diagnosis and treatment can be started. Good luck! ...Read more

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I bumped my head last night on a cabinet. Slight bruise, slightly swelling, a headache and eye ache. I still feel symptoms. How should I treat this?

I bumped my head last night on a cabinet. Slight bruise, slightly swelling, a headache and eye ache. I still feel symptoms. How should I treat this?

Head injury: You should rest and avoid anything that causes increased symptoms. With your history of frequent head injury I would recommend you get examined if symptoms persist for more than a few days ...Read more

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Eye pain 1 week, burning can't keep open, no itch, no discharge, vision change, woke up with bruise and swelling on eyelid?

Eye pain 1 week, burning can't keep open, no itch, no discharge, vision change, woke up with bruise and swelling on eyelid?

Ophthalmologist: Because you are experiencing vision changes and significant pain you should be seen in person by an ophthalmologist. There are multiple possible causes that need to be looked for through a detailed exam. Good luck ...Read more

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I had a small cyst removal between my eyebrows doctor never mention swelling would occur. I have swollen eyes with bruises as well, is that normal?

I had a small cyst removal between my eyebrows doctor never mention swelling would occur. I have swollen eyes with bruises as well, is that normal?

Yes: Surgical trauma to the delicate structures of the face, head, neck will swell (usually at a peak 3-5 days after surgery) and bruise. This is in part due to the fact that there is a hard bony under structure so swelling has only one way to go... out and laterally following the natural tissue planes. Ice, Ice, Ice and Ice some more. ...Read more

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19day old black eye. Got hit. Got ct facial scan. No fracture. Saw eye doc. All bruise left but Stil have this crease under my eye. Swelling? Normal?

19day old black eye. Got hit. Got ct facial scan. No fracture. Saw eye doc. All bruise left but Stil have this crease under my eye. Swelling? Normal?

Yes: Good you saw eye doctor, and there is no facial bone fracture (s), simply you have extravasated blood collected around subcutaneous tissue around orbit, which will take any here 6 to 8 wks to clear completely. Just use make up to mask it and avoid this in future ...Read more

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My 20 month old baby fell and hit her head real good on a door. Now she has a bruise and bump. What to do to bring down swelling? Is she gonna be ok?

My 20 month old baby fell and hit her head real good on a door. Now she has a bruise and bump. What to do to bring down swelling? Is she gonna be ok?

Several cues: The kid who is not knocked out, disoriented or confused @ the time of the injury is probably fine. Confusion or repeated episodes of vomiting in the hours after trauma deserve a look over by the dr. Kids under 8 can be allowed to nap on their regular schedule, with you checking in on occasion. Cold compresses can reduce the swelling, if the kid will let you. ...Read more

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Hurt my head against a wall pretty bad. No bruise or swelling or tenderness but hurt at the time for 10 mins. Should I be worried bout clots/bleeding?

Hurt my head against a wall pretty bad. No bruise or swelling or tenderness but hurt at the time for 10 mins. Should I be worried bout clots/bleeding?

Concussion?: You should see a doctor if the headache is getting worse since one need to rule out a subdural hematoma. If you are getting better and the headaches are gone within a week, then just let it be. When in doubt, you should consult to a doctor. ...Read more

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My 9 yr old daughter was knocked down backwards but didn't hit her head. No visible bruises or swelling. 4days later dark veins n shoulder n neck pain?

My 9 yr old daughter was knocked down backwards but didn't hit her head. No visible bruises or swelling. 4days later dark veins n shoulder n neck pain?

Still is trauma: Glad she did not hit her head. Being knpcked backwards can still cause trauma. She may be manifesting a deep bruise on her shoulder and the neck pain would not be unexpected...You can try homeopathic arnica and see her doc if the neck pain persists. I am a fan of chiropractors and craniosacral therapy in cases like this as well. ...Read more

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Rolled off bed hit my head on side table corner about a week ago. No bruise, no bump, scalp swelling still hurts. Headaches, jaw pain, ear ache?

Rolled off bed hit my head on side table corner about a week ago. No bruise, no bump, scalp swelling still hurts. Headaches, jaw pain, ear ache?

See your Doctor: If you are still having pain after a week, it will be a good idea to evaluate with your physician. In my opinion, any pain lasting more than a week should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I treat eye swelling?

How can I treat eye swelling?

Depends on cause?: Unilateral or bilateral,
rule out allergies, blocked lid glands, trauma, skin allergic reactions, . ...Read more

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How can I reduce eye swelling?

Cool compresses: Depending on the cause of the swelling, cool or cold compresses can help a lot. If an infection is causing the swelling, further treatment may be needed. Blepharitis is a common cause of eyelid swelling, you can get more info: http://www.2020vision. Com/blepharitis. Html. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get eye swelling?

Do a lot of people get eye swelling?

Sometimes: Eye swelling can be caused by focal infection, angioedema, systemic salt imbalance, heart and kidney failure, secondary to some drugs used to treat other illnesses and thyroid disease (to name a few). The speed of disappearance of the swelling depends upon which of these you have. You should consult with your ophthalmologist to sort this out. ...Read more

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Why is the white of my eye swelling?

Why is the white of my eye swelling?

Swelling: Usually allergies cause the white part of the eye to swell. Can you send a photo to see what Rx will best help you? ...Read more

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How do you make eye swelling go down?

Cold compress: Eye swelling is due to fluid accumulating along blood vessels under thin eyelid skin which can be caused by: allergies (shiners), genetics, too much salt intake, blepharochalasis, kidney issues, heart issues (ie, congestive heart failure). Cold ice packs might help marks decrease by contracting the vessels. Otherwise an eyeplasticsmd can tighten excess skin to help decrease appearance. ...Read more

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Is eye facial swelling linked diabetes?

Is eye facial swelling linked diabetes?

Directly No: Facial swelling can only be indirectly linked to "diabetes' if there is an diabetes related causes for fluid retention for exp. Diabetes related kidney disease. Another might be hypothyroidism related to thyroid autoimunity.. A few patients can be particularly salt senitive and retain facial fluid that recedes after assumption of the upright position. Liver and heart issues can do so. ...Read more

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How can I reduce eye and cheek swelling?

Allergies?: Lower eyelids and cheek swelling is a problem for many people. One of the most common causes is eye allergies. If you know you have allergies or if your eyes itch you probably have eye allergies. There are some very good over the counter drops, like Patanol (olopatadine) that work well to reduce swelling.

It is also helpful to watch your salt intake. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have eye swelling?

What does it mean if I have eye swelling?

Depends: Is the swelling of the lids? Is is painless? Swelling can be a reaction to focal infection, or an allergic response. It might also be hereditary angioedema. Or it may be fluid excess from heart failure. If the swelling is behind the eye it may be infectious. What seems to be swelling may be thyroid infiltration or a tumor. If persistent, it needs evaluation by your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Can dry eye cause swelling of the cornea?

Can dry eye cause swelling of the cornea?

Sort of: Dry eye can cause keratitis, usually inflammation of the epithelial layer on the surface of the eye. That can make the cornea a little thicker, but we normally don't call that swelling. Corneal swelling, called corneal edema, usually occurs from an increase in fluid in the tissue of the cornea. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my eye swelling go away?

How fast can I make my eye swelling go away?

Depends: Eye swelling can be caused by focal infection, angioedema, systemic salt imbalance, heart and kidney failure, secondary to some drugs used to treat other illnesses and thyroid disease (to name a few). The speed of disappearance of the swelling depends upon which of these you have. You should consult with your ophthalmologist to sort this out. ...Read more

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How to make eye swelling do down? Raw steak?

Cold compress: Raw steak counts as cold compress, although I think you can find a cheaper version that.... ...Read more

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What to do to reduce swelling on injured eye?

What to do to reduce swelling on injured eye?

Swollen eye: Keep head elevated (rather than lying flat); apply cool compresses or ice wrapped in soft cloth for few minutes multiple times a day. If you don't have ulcers or bleeding problems or aren't on blood thinners, you can use an NSAID (advil/motrin/aleve/etc) as directed for pain & inflammation. If there was bruising, expect the discoloration to follow the pull of gravity down your face & gradually dis. ...Read more

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Bad eye swelling / sensitive eyes, what to do?

Go see a MD: You should probably see an ophthalmologist. There are so many things that could be. We would need a more detailed description. ...Read more

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What causes red areas below the eye with swelling?

What causes red areas below the eye with swelling?

Red eyelids: There are many causes for red eyelids. They can be due to allergies, infections (e.g. Styes) or merely from your glasses frames. ...Read more