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Swollen Eyelid Symptoms

A swollen eyelid can be a baffling symptom. It can be distressing to have such a sensitive part of your body as your eye suddenly seem to go wrong, especially when it is so visible to everyone. But swelling is actually part of the body's attempt to protect a part that may be injured, and when it occurs around the eyes it should always be investigated.

The most common causes of eyelid swelling are allergies. And the delicate structures of the eye are vulnerable to bacterial infections, which is why it's so important to wash your hands before touching or rubbing your eyes.

Injuries can cause swelling of one or both eyelids, either from direct trauma or due to blood and fluid being forced into the eyelid from an impact that occurs near it.

Characteristics:

  • Puffy appearance of one or both eyelids. Usually the upper eyelids are affected, but it can be both upper and lower or just the lower.
  • The swelling may be red and hot, or the skin of the eyelid may be its normal color.
  • There may be small bumps along the inner rim of the eyelid.

Who is most often affected by swollen eyelid symptoms?

  • Hygiene is a factor with eye infections. Cleanliness of hands, face, washcloths, towels, and contact lenses is very important.
  • Children are prone to eye infections since they don't always wash their hands as they should.

Are swollen eyelid symptoms serious?

  • A swollen eyelid from an allergy or insect bite is not serious. The allergy can be treated, and the bite cared for so that it does not become infected.
  • Bacterial infections of the rim of the eyelid are fairly common and can be treated with prescription drops from your medical provider.
  • Deeper infections anywhere around the eye, especially with redness, pain, and fever, should be treated right away before vision is affected.

Swollen Eyelid Causes Overview

Most common swollen eyelid cause types:

  • Allergies, either seasonal allergies, food allergies, or something you touched just before touching your eyes.
  • Bacterial infection of the conjunctiva (the pink rim around the eyes.)
  • Injuries, which can cause swelling and discoloration of the eyelids.
  • Insect bites, usually from a mosquito, can cause one or more red swellings on the eyelid.

Less common swollen eyelid cause types:

  • Bacterial infection at the base of an eyelash, appearing as a small, sore bump with some swelling of the eyelid.
  • Bacterial infection of the tiny oil glands around the eyelashes, appearing as a small, hard lump that is usually not painful.
  • Viral infections of the eyelid, which may appear as clusters of small bumps or scabs on and around the eyelids.
  • Infection following surgery or other treatment, which will appear as red, sore, and swollen eyelids.

Rare & unusual swollen eyelid cause types:

  • Bacterial infection of the skin near the eye. It can begin as a sinus infection and then spread to the eye socket, causing redness and swelling of the deeper tissues around the eyes.
  • Skin cancer of the eyelids, which may first appear as a change in a mole.

Top 6 Swollen Eyelid Causes

  1. 1.Chronic Allergic Conjunctivitis

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

    You can safely treat this condition on your own by using artificial tears, cold compress, and/or an antihistamine (only if over 3 years of age). Importantly, rubbing the eyes makes things worse!

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    watery eye discharge, eye redness, itch in both eyes, severe eye itch, swollen eyelid
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic allergic conjunctivitis:
    itch in both eyes, eye redness, severe eye itch
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic allergic conjunctivitis:
    vision changes, lump in front of the ear
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.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).

    Seek basic advice at a retail clinic, via telemedicine or at your primary care physician. This condition is usually treated by using artificial tears, cold compress, and/or an antihistamine (only if over 3 years of age). Additional tests might be ordered to look for the specific allergen. Try to avoid rubbing the eyes, this will only make the symptoms worse!

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    eye itch, eye redness, watery eye discharge, eye redness, itch in both eyes
    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
  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.

    You do not need treatment. Viral conjunctivitis does not require any antibiotics. What you can do is have a clean cloth soaked in warm water held up to the eyes to soothe the itching. Some people get relief from over the counter medicines. If your symptoms do not start getting better within a week, seek advice from your primary care physician.

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

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  4. 4.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.

    In general, the evaluation of nephrotic syndrome should be done in the next 24-48 hours, but it is not a medical emergency and can generally be done by your primary care doctor. Diagnosis is done by blood tests, and treatment involves medications that reduce your fluid retention and stabilize your blood pressure.

    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
  5. 5.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
  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

Swollen Eyelid Treatments and Relief

Seek immediate treatment in the emergency room or call 911 if:

  • You have a swollen eyelid along symptoms of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) such as difficulty breathing with swelling of the face, tongue, and hands.
  • You have redness and swelling of the eyelid along with body pain, high fever, and rash.
  • You have swelling of the eyelid, but especially notice pain and/or vision changes when you try to move the eyeball to look around.
  • You discover a foreign body somewhere in or underneath the eyelid.

Schedule an appointment for:

  • Swelling that does not go away on its own within about 24 hours.
  • Swelling that is accompanied by blurred vision, partial loss of vision, or the feeling that something is inside the eye.
  • Swelling along with red, itchy, watery eyes that have a sticky discharge.
  • Swelling with dry, inflamed eyes that tends to be worse after you wake up from sleep.

Swollen eyelid remedies that you can try at home:

  • Removing contact lenses.
  • Cold compresses for allergic reactions and general irritation.
  • Warm compresses for bumps along the rim of the eyelid, which are bacterial infections of the eyelash follicles.
  • Over-the-counter eyedrops for allergies.

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Swollen Eyelid

  • Q.Is your eye swelling getting better or worse?
  • Q.Is your eye swelling come-and-go?
  • Q.How swollen is your eye?
  • Q.How long has your eye been swollen?

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Swollen Eyelid Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced swollen eyelid have also experienced:

    • 9% Swelling of the Eye Area
    • 5% Headache
    • 5% Eye Pain
  • People who have experienced swollen eyelid had symptoms persist for:

    • 42% Less Than a Week
    • 33% Less Than a Day
    • 11% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced swollen eyelid were most often matched with:

    • 3% Viral Conjunctivitis
    • 1% Acute Allergic Conjunctivitis

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