Hello and thanks for your question. Eyelid swelling is commonly due to a few different things: 1. Allergies, 2. Styes, 3. Skin infections. Allergic dermatitis tends to be red and flaky with a "boggy" or mushy type of swelling and often the person has a history of seasonal allergies. A stye can cause inflammation and swelling in the eyelid if it gets big and angry enough. A skin infection would be warm, red, swelling that feels more solid. You also may have a concurrent sinus problem and possibly fevers. I agree that the maxitrol is okay to use as your herpes infection is not in the eye. Cool compresses usually do a good job at helping swelling go down, but I would continue the doxycycline and the maxitrol until you see the ophthalmologist tomorrow. Does that help answer your question?
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well its not red and flaky, and no allergies ever here. its not coming to a head or point like a stye dr. said it prob was not. its not warm and red, and never any sinus problems and no fever.
Do you have any eye pain, eye redness, sensitivity to light or double vision?
no, none of that
doesnt bother me one bit
Other causes of eyelid swelling include more uncommon things such as inflammation in the orbit (bones and space around the eye), thyroid disease (often times is undiagnosed at this point) or generalized retention of water.
any other symptoms with thyroid disease?
well...i dont have any other symptoms
hmmm...i guess ill just have to see what they tell me tomorrow
should i be going to a optho, or general dr. or ?
I would definitely go to an ophthalmologist; you'd likely end up there anyway with more time, money, and angst spent with the general dr.
ok, well thanks for your input
thanks for your question. Good luck.