What does swelling above the eye mean?

What does swelling above the eye mean?

The most common cause of eyelid swelling is allergies, either by direct contact with the allergen (such as animal dander entering your eye) or from a systemic allergic reaction (such as a food allergy or hay fever). If one eyelid is swollen, a common cause is a chalazion, an obstructed gland along the rim of an eyelid.

How do you treat a swollen upper eyelid?

Apply ice or a cold pack wrapped in a clean, wet washcloth to the eye for 15 to 20 minutes at a time to decrease eyelid swelling and pain. You can safely give your child an allergy medicine or antihistamine by mouth. This will help to decrease eyelid swelling and itching. Benadryl every 6 hours or so is best.

How long does it take for eyelid swelling to go down?

Eyelid swelling usually goes away on its own within a day or so. If it doesn’t get better in 24 to 48 hours, you should call your primary care physician or see your eye doctor.

Why have I woken up with a swollen eye?

It’s normal for eyes to look a little swollen when you wake up in the morning, but severe eye swelling is not. The most common causes include allergies, pink eye, and styes, but skin infections, thyroid disease, and herpes are other possible causes.

Can rubbing your eye make it swell?

Excessive eye rubbing People sometimes rub the eyes due to fatigue, itchiness, or a foreign object in the eye. According to the Seattle Children’s Hospital, excessive eye rubbing can lead to swelling. Avoiding touching the eyes will allow the area to return to normal.

What can cause one eye to swell?

Several reasons your eyelid may be swollen include:

  • allergies.
  • bug bite.
  • fluid retention.
  • pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • stye, a tender red bump.
  • cyst (chalazion), a blocked oil gland.
  • orbital or pre-orbital cellulitis, inflammation that spreads to the skin around your eyes.
  • trauma or injury, often accompanied by discoloration.