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Top 9 Bulging of the Eyes Causes

  1. 1.Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is one of a group of conditions, called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, that children are born with when the mother has been drinking alcohol while pregnant. Alcohol in the mother's blood can pass through the placenta into the womb, and can damage the baby in a variety of ways depending on the part which is developing at the time.

    This diagnosis needs evaluation and confirmation by a physician. There is no specific treatment but counseling may be helpful to prevent behavioral problems later in life.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    recent increase in crying, tremor, slower than normal growth, difficulty with coordination, mental disability
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Cerebral Venous Thrombosis

    Cavernous sinus thrombosis is a blood clot in an area at the base of the brain that contains a vein, which carries blood from the brain to the heart. This area is called the cavernous sinus.

    You should go emergently to the hospital, where imaging and medication will confirm the diagnosis and begin to reduce the clot. This is a life-threatening diagnosis.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, being severely ill
    Symptoms that always occur with cerebral venous thrombosis:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  3. 3.Periorbital Cellulitis

    Periorbital cellulitis is an infection of the eyelid or skin around the eye, which does not extend into the interior of the orbit (bony framework that surrounds the eyeball). Periorbital cellulitis commonly affects children under 18 months old.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an urgent care clinic or ER. Antibiotics will be prescribed if bacterial infection is suspected, and immediate evaluation is recommended to make sure that the infection does not spread into the eye.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    redness around the eye, eye pain, swollen eyelid, swelling of one eyelid, bulging of the eyes
    Symptoms that always occur with periorbital cellulitis:
    redness around the eye
    Symptoms that never occur with periorbital cellulitis:
    bulging of the eyes
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Wegener's Granulomatosis

    An inflammation of the blood vessels by the body's immune system is a rare, but possibly dangerous problem. The inflammation can happen anywhere, but often in the sinuses, lungs, and kidneys.

    You should visit your primary care physician soon to provide an early diagnosis. Treatment of inflammatory diseases commonly involve prescription medications such as a steroid to decrease inflammation, and a cell-damaging medicine to kill abnormal cells.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, joint pain, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Orbital Cellulitis

    Orbital cellulitis is a serious infection of the bony cavity (the orbit) which holds the eyeball. This condition affects the eye, eyelids, eyebrows, and cheeks, and causes the eyeball to have a swollen appearance. It can cause blindness if the infection is not treated.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an urgent care clinic or ER. Antibiotics are given immediately to treat the infection, even before results from the laboratory have come back. You may likely be hospitalized as well.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    swelling of one eye, eye skin changes, swelling of one eyelid, blurry vision, pain when moving the eye
    Symptoms that always occur with orbital cellulitis:
    eye skin changes, blurry vision
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  6. 6.Relapsing Polychondritis

    Relapsing polychondritis is an episodic, inflammatory and destructive disorder involving primarily cartilage of the ear and nose. It can also potentially affect the eyes, tracheobronchial tree, heart valves, kidneys, joints, skin, and blood vessels.

    You should visit your primary care physician for mild severity of relapsing polychondritis. Medications such as NSAIDs and steroids are generally prescribed.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, joint pain, congestion, wheezing, runny nose
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis

    There are many different cells of the immune system. At times, there can be too many of one or more of them.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next few days.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, shortness of breath, fever, unintentional weight loss, severe fatigue
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Fibrous Dysplasia of Bone

    This is a genetic condition where part of a bone develops incorrectly using the wrong type of materials (fibrous instead of bony tissue), causing a weak area of bone that is prone to fractures. This process begins before birth, and the cause of the gene mutation is not fully known.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will confirm the diagnosis with X-Ray. Surgical treatment is often necessary to stabilize the bone.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous hip pain, spontaneous bone pain, pain in one thigh, lump below the skin on the chest
    Symptoms that always occur with fibrous dysplasia of bone:
    lump below the skin on the chest, spontaneous bone pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Graves' Disease

    The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ inside the neck that is responsible for making thyroid hormones. These hormones control important body functions, such as heart rate and the rate at which the body turns food into energy. In Grave's disease, the immune system malfunctions and drives the thyroid to produce excessive amounts of hormones, leading to symptoms such as trouble sleeping, irritability and nervousness, heat sensitivity, hand tremors, and weight loss.

    You should visit your primary care physician to get your blood tested. Grave's disease is a complex condition that is managed with prescription antithyroid medications, as well as surgery in rare cases.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, irritability, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Bulging of the Eyes

  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with a psychiatric issue, such as depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, or anxiety disorder?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?

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Bulging of the Eyes Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced bulging of the eyes have also experienced:

    • 6% Headache
    • 6% Heat Intolerance
    • 3% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)

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