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Eye Swelling (Definition)

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My left eyelid is swollen shut, may be a sty. I sometimes getstyes, but not this bad. What should I do?

My left eyelid is swollen shut, may be a sty. I sometimes getstyes, but not this bad. What should I do?

Since : Since the cause is not known, i suggest you get it checked out. It could be caused by a number of things to include an allergic reaction, a viral infection, a bacterial infection or even sinus problems. It could be a stye gone wild. I think, by your description that there may be some significant swelling. If that is the case, your doctor can make sure you do not have orbital cellulitis. Try not to pick at your eye in the meantime. ...Read more

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Severe allergic reaction to poison sumac on eyelid. Eye is swollen shut. Started oral steroids 12 hours ago with no apparent difference. Any advice?

Severe allergic reaction to poison sumac on eyelid. Eye is swollen shut. Started oral steroids 12 hours ago with no apparent difference. Any advice?

Contact dermatitis: You're on the right track with oral steroids, you can take antihistamines for itch. If you have any vision changes or painful movements of the eye I would recommend seen a physician as soon as possible. If the rash is limited to your periorbital region monitor closely. I would avoid topical steroid creams around eye if possible now that you're on oral steroids. Good luck ...Read more

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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

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

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. ...Read more

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Eyelid Swollen from sunburn, what do i do?

Eyelid Swollen from sunburn, what do i do?

Difficult: Sunburn usually is not deep or destructive, even on the lids. But it can be painful. Some think Aloe vera get or cream can help with some relief. If the lids are very red, you may have a lot of shedding skin for a while. ...Read more

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Theres something in my eyelid that oval shape like and swollen and makes my eyelid red and my outer eyelid swollen too, what is it?

Likely stye: A "stye, " a.K.A. Hordeolum, is a plugged oil gland in the eyelid, sort of like a pimple. Most of the time, it can be effectively treated with warm compresses. These loosen the oils and allow them to be expressed from the lid. If persistent, a hordeolum can become a chalazion, which often needs either a steroid injection or surgical excision. See an ophthalmologist to be sure. ...Read more

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At night I was inside my house it was really hot so I went outside and when I come back in I notice my left bottom eyelid swollen and it hurts t blink?

At night I was inside my house it was really hot so I went outside and when I come back in I notice my left bottom eyelid swollen and it hurts t blink?

? Early stye: Your description sounds like you may have an early stye although other issues can cause the same symptomology. Try warm compresses and artificial tears. If no improvement, see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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My question is what causes a stye that makes my whole eyelid swollen?

Common: Some styes do not immediately localize and instead cause an inflammation of the entire lid. Eventually they usually locallize and can respond to heat or other measures. ...Read more

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I've woken up with my upper eyelid swollen and very tender to touch. What could this be?

I've woken up with my upper eyelid swollen and very tender to touch. What could this be?

Warm compress : Probable chalazion. Put warm wet towel on for 10 minutes 4 times a day. If not better in 1-2 days or you develop a fever, visit ophthalmologist. Chalazion is a blocked gland of the eyelid. The warm compress usually melts away the blockage. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with my right eyelid swollen and causing headaches it looks like a stye but doesn't have any hard tip. What do I do to cure it?

Warm soaks: Apply a very warm wet washclothe to your eyelid 4-5 times per day. If this does not resolve the swelling within a week, see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Bottom eyelid swollen and red and red on the inner part too- hurts when I blink - what can I do to help? do I need to see a doctor?

Sounds like a sty: I t is treated with warm wet compresses. If it does not clear in a month, it may need to be removed or injected with steroids. Often clears on its own. ...Read more

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Woke up with upper right eyelid swollen, but eye is not red, painful, or itchy. No bumps. I didn't eat anything different.

Many causes!: It could be fluid retention if you sleep on that side, it could be mosquito bite, rubbing of eyes.... Try some cool compress on it. If it persists and recurs, consult a local ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Woke up with one eyelid swollen and under both eyes has puffiness. Under eye puffy is worse in the eye that the lid is swollen in ?

Woke up with one eyelid swollen and under both eyes has puffiness. Under eye puffy is worse in the eye that the lid is swollen in ?

Possible stye: Styes are common and usually imply less than perfect eyelid hygiene. Hot compresses are the single best treatment initially along with vigorous lid cleaning using warm water and terry washcloth. Compresses should be as hot as tolerable and at least 3-4x/day. If your eye is also red and draining you may have conjunctivitis; need a topical antibiotic drop. See your Eye Doctor if not better 48hrs ...Read more

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Can chia seeds cause eyelid swelling?Took a bite of a friend's chia pudding (seeds w/coconut milk &honey)woke up the next day w/left eyelid swollen.

Can chia seeds cause eyelid swelling?Took a bite of a friend's chia pudding (seeds w/coconut milk &honey)woke up the next day w/left eyelid swollen.

Stye: If it is an allergic reaction to chia seeds, this would almost always cause swelling of both eyes, not just one eyelid. Unilateral eye swelling is more commonly a stye, or an infection of the lid. But to evaluate this more thoroughly, you should see your eye doctor ASAP. ...Read more

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I woke up with my right eyelid swollen and a reddish purple . No sty , no pink eye , and i haven't been hit n it hurts . Please help !

I woke up with my right eyelid swollen and a reddish purple . No sty , no pink eye , and i haven't been hit n it hurts . Please help !

See MD: You need to get to a doctor to properly evaluate the cause. There may be infection or trauma that you were unaware of as may occur during sleep. This is not an appropriate condition to address online. ...Read more

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Took a nap woke up with my upper lip and my righ eyelid swollen and partof my body were really itchy. This is not the first time it happens.

Took a nap woke up with my upper lip and my righ eyelid  swollen and partof my body were really itchy. This is not the first time it happens.

Allergy: The reaction you describe sounds like a contact reaction to an allergen. Try first changing detergent to a hypoallergenic brand. Zig that doesn't work, you can change pillows, sheets, etc, and you should see a physician specializing in allergy (allergist). ...Read more

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I am experiencing swollen eyelid and eyelid pain. There is a white bump on the inside of my eye. Not visible unless I lift up my eyelid. The following also describe me: Eye pain, Eye swelling, and Sensation of something in eye...

Probably a stye: Difficult to say for sure, especially without a photo, but it sounds like a stye. It occurs when one of the oil glands in your eyelid gets clogged and infected. You should apply warm heat to the eyes at least twice a day with gentle massaging downwards to help the blockage open and drain. Antibiotic/steroid combo drops help too but you'll need to see a eye doctor for the prescription. ...Read more