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ask: Why is my eyelid swollen?

By j-fer
 
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I woke up yesterday and I noticed that the outer corner of my left upper eyelid hurt. It hurt everytime I either touched it or closed my eye really hard. The night previous to this, my little cousin spent the night and I was hoping it was because he hit me during his sleep (I don't know if that is helpful). Then yesterday, I went to my sister's house and the pain was the same. Some time during the evening we left to play soccer and that's where my brother-in-law accidentally hit me in the face with the ball pretty hard. After that when we got back home, the pain in my eyelid was more severe. Now it occurred every time I blinked. I went to sleep thinking that the pain would go away. I woke up not only with the same pain, but also with a swollen outer half of the eyelid. I started to google "swollen eyelids" and I came across several possible causes and that's when I started to get a little scared. I would really appreciate any possible help.
-J

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Cary Cook BSN RN

Hi J-Fer

Googling symptoms is an easy way to freak yourself out. You always come across the worst case scenario diagnoses!

I have some questions for you. I also want you to know we cannot diagnose anything, but we may be able to get you information.
Do you have any symptoms other than the swelling and pain? Is there a discharge? Is your eye red? Do you have anything that looks like a bump or pimple on the eyelid? Is your vision affected? Does the child have any symptoms?

Most commonly would be injury as you thought, or something like pinkeye/conjuctivitis which kids sometimes spread rampantly: http://www.empowher.com/condition/pink-eye. Styes are also pretty common: http://www.empowher.com/condition/stye/symptoms.

If you have vision changes such as flashing lights in your eye, you should get emergency care: http://www.empowher.com/detached-retina/content/detached-retina-eye-emer....

If you think you have a little something in your eye like an eyelash or bit of dust it can be very irritating, and sometimes rinsing your eye out with sterile saline solution as is used by people with contact lenses can help with that.

The main message is that you do not want to risk your vision, so if the symptoms worsen, are affecting your vision, or do not improve it is definitely worth calling an ophthalmologist for an appointment just to be sure you don't have a serious problem such as a foreign body or medical issue like a detached retina.

Please let us know if we can help further. Good luck.

July 5, 2010 - 12:26pm
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