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Your Redness Around the Eye May Also be Known as:
Eye rash
Eye redness
Eyelid rash
Rash on eye
Rash on eyelid

Top 4 Redness Around the Eye Causes

  1. 1.Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

    Eczema is a form of skin inflammation that causes skin to be dry, itchy, red, and irritated.

    You should go to your local pharmacy or retail clinic to be treated. The usual treatment for atopic eczema involves avoiding irritants and other triggers, using moisturizers to prevent inflammation, as well as steroid creams and ointments when the inflammation flares up.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, feeling itchy or tingling all over, dry skin, scalp itchiness, flexor surface rash
    Symptoms that never occur with eczema (atopic dermatitis):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  2. 2.Stye and Chalazion

    A stye (or hordeolum) is an infection in the upper or lower eyelid. There are three glands around the eye and one of them is infected.

    You can treat this on your own with a topical antibiotic and warm compresses to help drain the infected area.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    swelling of one eyelid, redness around the eye, eyelid lump, eyelid pain, feeling of something in the eye
    Symptoms that always occur with stye and chalazion:
    swelling of one eyelid
    Symptoms that never occur with stye and chalazion:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Anaphylaxis

    Anaphylaxis is the sudden onset of breathing or heart rate changes that are caused by a whole-body allergic reaction. This can be a deadly situation.

    Call 911 immediately for an ambulance. If you have been prescribed an epinephrine pen, use it. Don't do this if you have never been prescribed one!

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea or vomiting, stomach bloating, headache, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  4. 4.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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Redness Around the Eye

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you have trouble sleeping?
  • Q.Do you feel like there is something in your eye?
  • Q.Does light bother your eyes more than usual?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our redness around the eye symptom checker.

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Redness Around the Eye Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced redness around the eye have also experienced:

    • 5% Swelling of the Eye Area
    • 4% Dry Eyes
    • 4% Headache
  • People who have experienced redness around the eye were most often matched with:

    • 31% Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
    • 4% Stye and Chalazion

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