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Yesterday morning I noticed a pinkish color under my left eye

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Yesterday morning I noticed a pinkish color under my left eye and by the evening had started to swell. This morning I woke up and it has swelled even more and still has the pinkish color to it. As of now there is no pain or itching and I can't really tell if it is getting worse (it feels like it is). Should I get to a doctor right away?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr.S Riaz replied 6 years ago.
It is most liKely to be a sub-conjunctival hemorrhage. Although its appearance may be alarming, a subconjunctival hemorrhage is generally a painless and harmless condition. Had it been a pink eye there would have been watering, swelling, irritation etc. The causes of a sub-conjunctival hemorrhage could be -

Minor eye trauma

increased venous pressur

Strenuous Exercising




Blood dyscrasia (rare)

Severe hypertension

A subconjunctival hemorrhage is typically a self-limiting condition that requires no treatment in the absence of infection or significant trauma. At the most you can use a lubricating eye drop like Refresh Tears 3 times a day. Thanks.

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Expert:  Dr.S Riaz replied 6 years ago.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I looked up this condition and it doesn't seem to coincide with my problem. It says that it is when a blood vessel is broken or ruptured and redness overcomes the eyeball. I do not have that - the area under my eye is swollen and pink not the actual eye.
Expert:  Dr.S Riaz replied 6 years ago.
You mean to say that your eye is not red?
Expert:  Dr.S Riaz replied 6 years ago.
Well, I think I misunderstood your question. The lid swelling could be due to an allergic reaction. The other possibility is an orbital cellulitis which is a serious issue and is an ophthalmological emergency. Though an allergic reaction is more likely but cellulitis needs to be ruled out. So, you should see a doctor preferably an ophthalmologist. Thanks.

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