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3 Potential Swelling of One Eyelid Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.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.

    If left untreated, the stye generally heals in 1-2 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    swelling of one eyelid, redness around the eye, feeling of something in the eye, eyelid lump, eyelid pain
    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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  2. 2.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.

    Symptoms should resolve after 7-10 days of antibiotics.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, eye pain, redness around the eye, swollen eyelid, swelling of one eyelid
    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
  3. 3.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.

    Antibiotic treatment for 3 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, blurry vision, swelling of one eye, swelling of one eyelid, eye skin changes
    Symptoms that always occur with orbital cellulitis:
    eye skin changes, blurry vision
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Swelling of One Eyelid

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you feel like there is something in your eye?
  • Q.Have you lost your appetite recently?
  • Q.Are you experiencing chills?

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Swelling of One Eyelid Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced swelling of one eyelid have also experienced:

    • 8% Eye Pain
    • 6% Pain in One Eye
    • 4% Headache
  • People who have experienced swelling of one eyelid had symptoms persist for:

    • 44% Less Than a Day
    • 39% Less Than a Week
    • 8% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced swelling of one eyelid were most often matched with:

    • 58% Stye and Chalazion
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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