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Swelling of One Eyelid Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your swelling of one eyelid symptoms, including 4 causes and common questions.

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4 Possible Swelling Of One Eyelid Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced swelling of one eyelid. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

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.

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

Inflamed eyelid (blepharitis)

Inflamed eyelid, or blepharitis, is a bacterial infection of the skin at the base of the eyelashes.

If the oil glands around the eyelashes become clogged, normal skin bacteria will multiply in the oil and cause infection. The glands can become blocked due to dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows; allergies to eye makeup or contact lens solution; or eyelash mites or lice.

Symptoms include red, swollen, painful eyelids; oily, dandruff-like flakes of skin at the base of the eyelashes; and eyelashes that grow abnormally or fall out.

If the symptoms do not clear with hygiene, see a medical provider. Blepharitis can become chronic and lead to infections of the eyelids and cornea; dry eyes which cannot take contact lenses; and scarring and deformity of the eyelids.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination of the eyelids, under magnification and through skin swab of the eyelashes.

Treatment includes warm compresses and careful washing of the eyelids; antibiotics in pill or cream form; steroid eyedrops; and treatment for any underlying condition such as dandruff or rosacea.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: eye itch, sensitivity to light, eye redness, feeling of something in the eye, dry eyes

Symptoms that never occur with inflamed eyelid (blepharitis): severe eye pain

Urgency: Self-treatment

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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.

Rarity: Ultra 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

Orbital cellulitis

Orbital Cellulitis(https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/eye-disorders/orbital-diseases/preseptal-and-orbital-cellulitis) is an uncommon condition in which an infection has breached or circumvented the outer portion of the eye and affected the tissues of the orbit, also known a...

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Swelling Of One Eyelid

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

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

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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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
  • 6% Headache

People who have experienced swelling of one eyelid were most often matched with:

  • 75% Periorbital Cellulitis
  • 12% Stye And Chalazion
  • 12% Inflamed Eyelid (Blepharitis)

People who have experienced swelling of one eyelid had symptoms persist for:

  • 43% Less than a day
  • 38% Less than a week
  • 8% Over a month

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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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.