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

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Dr. David G. O'Day
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: See an eye MD

Although it may be a minimal problems, there are several things that may cause eyelid swelling and redness.
It is best to schedule an appointment with an eye care specialist to examine you and determine the cause.

In brief: See an eye MD

Although it may be a minimal problems, there are several things that may cause eyelid swelling and redness.
It is best to schedule an appointment with an eye care specialist to examine you and determine the cause.
Dr. David G. O'Day
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Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Christopher Hood
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Dr. Victor Bello
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Diagnosis First

In all of medicine, eye conditions included, establishing a proper diagnosis is most important.
A visit to your ophthalmologist is essential. A swollen, reddish eye lid can be caused by acute infections such as conjunctivitis - the eyes themselves would also be red and tearing - a blocked oil gland is not uncommon - chalazion- sometimes swelling of the lids may represent a thyroid condition.

In brief: Diagnosis First

In all of medicine, eye conditions included, establishing a proper diagnosis is most important.
A visit to your ophthalmologist is essential. A swollen, reddish eye lid can be caused by acute infections such as conjunctivitis - the eyes themselves would also be red and tearing - a blocked oil gland is not uncommon - chalazion- sometimes swelling of the lids may represent a thyroid condition.
Dr. Victor Bello
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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology

In brief: See an eye doctor

If the lid is diffusely swollen rather than in one small area, this may be an infection that can either resolve on its own leaving a stye behind.
If left untreated, a portion of these can become serious lid infections. It is best to see an eye doctor as soon as possible instead of letting it resolve on its own. You may benefit from early antibiotic treatment.

In brief: See an eye doctor

If the lid is diffusely swollen rather than in one small area, this may be an infection that can either resolve on its own leaving a stye behind.
If left untreated, a portion of these can become serious lid infections. It is best to see an eye doctor as soon as possible instead of letting it resolve on its own. You may benefit from early antibiotic treatment.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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