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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Swelling of the Eye Area

Updated on Aug. 29, 2018

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced swelling of the eye area. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Irritated Eye Causing Swelling

    Chemosis is a sign of eye irritation. The outer surface of the eye can look like a blister, filled with water or fluid. It can occur from infection or allergies, or as in this case, from rubbing the eye.

    Within a day

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    swelling of the eye area, eye itch, eye redness, swollen whites of eyes
    Symptoms that always occur with irritated eye causing swelling:
    swelling of the eye area
    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.

    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
  3. 3.Viral Conjunctivitis

    Pink eye conjunctivitis is an infection of the whites of the eyes by a virus. It is extremely infectious and can spread from person-to-person easily.

    Sometimes eye irritation and discharge may get worse for a few days before getting better, but usually symptoms resolve within a week.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    eye redness, eye itch, sensitivity to light, feeling of something in the eye, watery eye discharge
    Symptoms that always occur with viral conjunctivitis:
    eye redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.New - Onset Seasonal Allergies

    Allergic rhinitis, is an overreaction by the immune system to allergens in the air. While pollen often causes allergies, other culprits include dust, animal dander, and mold.

    Allergies are often seasonal.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sore throat, congestion, cough with dry or watery sputum, mucous dripping in the back of the throat, fatigue
    Symptoms that never occur with new-onset seasonal allergies:
    fever, yellow-green runny nose, chills, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Condition Causing Vision Changes

    Gray dots in one's vision suggests damage to the nerves leading from the eye. You need to see a doctor immediately for treatment!

    MISSING

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    vision issue with seeing gray spots
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  6. 6.Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped organ inside the neck, no longer produces adequate levels of hormones. Thyroid hormones are essential for many bodily functions including breathing, heart rate, and metabolism.

    Most cases of hypothyroidism require lifelong hormone replacement therapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Nephrotic Syndrome

    Nephrotic syndrome is caused by different disorders that damage the kidneys. This damage leads to the release of too much protein in the urine, causing the body to swell.

    Varies by cause of Nephrotic Syndrome

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, weight gain, bilateral leg swelling
    Symptoms that never occur with nephrotic syndrome:
    cut on the foot, recent cut or wound, swollen ankle, swelling of one leg
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Acute Allergic Conjunctivitis

    Itchy, red, swelling of the whites of the eyes can be caused by allergies to any number of things (like pollen, hay, etc).

    This typically occurs every season

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    eye itch, eye redness, watery eye discharge, itch in both eyes, eye redness
    Symptoms that always occur with acute allergic conjunctivitis:
    eye itch, eye redness
    Symptoms that never occur with acute allergic conjunctivitis:
    lump in front of the ear, vision changes
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  9. 9.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:
    Ultra 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
  10. 10.Bruise of the Face

    A bruise is an area of skin discoloration. A bruise occurs when small blood vessels break and leak their contents into the soft tissue beneath the skin.

    1-2 weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    swelling on one side of the face, head or face injury, painful face swelling, warm and red face swelling, face bruise
    Symptoms that always occur with bruise of the face:
    head or face injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Swelling of the Eye Area

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Where in your eye area is this swelling?
  • Q.Are you experiencing chills?
  • Q.Do you feel like there is something in your eye?

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Swelling of the Eye Area Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced swelling of the eye area have also experienced:

    • 4% Headache
    • 4% Eye Pain
    • 4% Swollen Face
  • People who have experienced swelling of the eye area had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Less Than a Day
    • 38% Less Than a Week
    • 8% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced swelling of the eye area were most often matched with:

    • 50% Irritated Eye Causing Swelling
    • 25% Stye and Chalazion
    • 25% Viral Conjunctivitis
  • 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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