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My Eye Is Swollen Shut
See your doctor: I would advise seeing your ophthalmologist. I could be an infection ...Read more
See Dr if persists: Swelling of eye lid (s) on just one side, with no evidence of conjunctivitis, may possibly be due to an insect bite on the eyelid? Another possibility might be an allergic reaction or sensitivity to contact lens cleaner or another chemical. If there's no pain or disturbance of vision or photophobia it's less likely serious, but would suggest being a physician to evaluate your condition. ...Read more
Could be infected: If there is severe enough swelling to close the eye shut and if it is tender / painful, there could be an infection in the skin (cellulitis) which may need treatment with oral antibiotics. Ice can help reduce swelling, but it is probably not safe to use topical creams for burns near the eye without being seen by a doctor. What was the cause of the burn? ...Read more
Halo my eye is swollen shut yellow stuff coming out really painfull if I bend forward it feels as if my eye is gong to fall out?
Go to ER: If it feels that bad, it's time to go to nearest ER. Sounds like you have at least an infection, eg conjunctivitis. But if it's swollen shut, then we worry about preseptal vs orbital cellulitis. Check out http://www. Merckmanuals. Com/home/eye-disorders/eye-socket-disorders/infections-of-the-orbit-preseptal-cellulitis-orbital-cellulitis for more info. Read it while waiting in ER. ...Read more
I had eye surgery yesterday. They removed a cyst, without anesthetics, now my eye is swollen shut. Normal?
Unsure: Do not know. Need more information. Return to doctor that performed the procedure. ...Read more
I fell from the top of the staircase and hit my face on the concrete wall. I got 11 stitches above my eyebrow but the nex 2 days my eye is swollen shut?
Swelling: That is not that uncommon with that type of injury. Heal soon ...Read more
Not serious: A swollen lid from poison ivy is, in general, uncomfortable but not serious. You need to see your ophthalmologist to ensure is it not infected, and to potentially prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to help the episode resolve faster, or antibiotics if there is suspicion of infection. ...Read more
I got stung by a wasp yesterday, when I woke up, my eye is swollen shut, lip swollen & my other eye is swollen, should I be checked out by a doc?
Maybe: Assuming you got stung near the eye, swelling it not unusual. It is very often worse in the morning because of the affect of gravity while you are sleeping. The swelling should get better during the day. If there is increasing redness or pain then you should be promptly checked for an infection. Otherwise, if you are not too uncomfortable and things are improving you can give it a bit more time. ...Read more
My eye was swollen shut and bruised from being punched. After a couple of days I could see out of it again, but then I put ice on it and now it's bad?
Get checked: I take eye & periocular injuries seriously and so should you. By your description, you likely had significant swelling and likely a "black" eye. You probably were unable to open your eye voluntarily. Now ice on eyelid causes you to not see well. I'm not sure of latter issue, but you should have an eye md check your eye and bones around it to ensure that treatment isn't required. ...Read more
I woke up with my eye purple and swollen shut. It hurts and gave me a headache. What could it be?
Bruise, insect bite: Viral or bacterial infection, foreign body all need to be considered. If your sleep is disturbed and you're taking strong pain and anti-nausea drugs you may be dealing with other medical issues as well. Bottom line: an eye swollen needs attention right away. A call to your local er or your pcp are good places to start. ...Read more
My eye is almost swollen shut but the bottom part of the white in my eye is red it had like gooey stuff in it and crust on it wen I woke up this am?
Eye infection: This could be an eye infection. Seek medical attention for appropriate diagnosis and treatment of this condition ...Read more
What to do if I got punched right in my eye! It's swollen almost shut, I have a bump under eye and it's whole red and painful! What shoul I do?
Go to ER: Or an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. ...Read more
Can you give me advice please! I got punched right in my eye! It's swollen almost shut, I have a bump under eye and it's whole red and painful! What shoul I do?
Exam: Get an exam by ophthalmologist. You may have orbital fracture or injury to the globe (eye ball). Use cool compresses to limit swelling. ...Read more
I cut where my eyelid meets my eye last night, it didn't bleed at all, it's a very small laceration. Waking up this morning my eye was swollen almost shut and very red. Some swelling has gone down but it burns and waters a lot do I need A doctor?
You may have a: Deeper injury than you realize. It would be important for your long term visual care to be evaluated as soon as possible. Go today. ...Read more
Swelling of the eyelids (and/or soft tissue beneath the eyelids) can be an indication of both dangerous and not-so-dangerous conditions. The only way to tell which is by careful examination, and sometimes also requiring CT imaging. Do not delay in-person examination by a physician. ...Read more
Iam at the beach and woke up this morning with my right eye swollen all most shut, should I go to a doctor I am in good heath?
See your eye doctor: Yes, you should see an eye md to ensure that you don't have a more serious problem. ...Read more
Painful red eye: He should be examinedGet a more detailed answer ›
My 15 month old was bitten by a mosquito close to his eye last night and this morning the eye is swollen shut. What can I do?
It happens: The soft tissue surrounding the eye will often puff up for a couple days after such a bite. The response is a protective one where the capillaries leak serum to dilute any toxin & prevent it from invading the blood. I would just watch the area for any redness or drainage that would suggest an infection. A 15 mo won't let you apply a cool compress, but diphenhydramine might help if it itches. ...Read more
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
My husband has an eye swollen shut due to hot pieces of wood that hit his face while sawing. None actually got in the eye itself?
Swelling: You must see an ophthalmologist to determine the cause and adopt proper treatment. ...Read more
See Eye MD: There are many causes of a swollen, painful eye. See an ophthalmologist to help you with this. ...Read more
Medical assesment: It sounds like an inflammatory process, although rarely an ingrown lash may be the problem. His can easily assessed at the slit lamp in your eye doctor's office ...Read more
Many things!: There are too many possibilities to list here, including viral or bacterial infection, allergy, or autoimmune problems. Signs of a really serious problem include: the vision in that eye is now worse, or you see double when both eyes are open. If you wear contact lenses, take them out. If the swelling improves today, then monitor it yourself. If no improvement, see an ophthalmologist this week. ...Read more
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