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my 17 year old daughter has a swollen eyelid. It hurts a little

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my 17 year old daughter has a swollen eyelid. It hurts a little but is not red.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
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Rick :

Hi. I'll be happy to help you with your question.

Rick :

Where is the swelling and how long has it been present?

Rick :

Hi. Are you there?

JACUSTOMER-hyp2i0w9- :

her upper eyelid started yesterday and was much worse this morning

Rick :

The most common cause for local upper eyelid that is not red/hot is a chalazian, also called a stye

Rick :

Cold compress will not help nor will allergy pills

JACUSTOMER-hyp2i0w9- :

doesn't a stye usually have a bump on the lid?

Rick :

The best treatment is hot compresses. I like to take a wash cloth, soak it with warm water, put it in the microwave until it is very warm (not scalding hot or steaming) and place it against the eyelid until the cloth is cool. Repeat this as often as possible, 3 or 4 times a day...

Rick :

yes, a stye usually has a bump on the lid but it starts out as an inflammation of the meibomium gland which can be a kinda diffuse swelling

Rick :

Also, as blepharitis is usually associated with this condition, get some baby shampoo and in the shower put the shampoo on your (her) index fingers, close her eyes and scrub along the EYELASHES for 3 to 5 minutes. This will help to unplug the meibomium glands, prevent more styes from forming and help to get the swelling in the eyelid to resolve

Rick :

in my opinion there is no role for antibiotic creams or pills in this condition. It may also take weeks for the swelling to resolve. If she wears contacts she might want to use her glasses for a little while.

Rick :

does any of this make sense to you?

JACUSTOMER-hyp2i0w9- :

yes if that's what it is. It doesn't look like a stye right now though. It's just extremely puffy.

Rick :

that sounds like what it is. There are other conditions that can look like this but stye/chalazian is the most likely given what you have said. Should the entire lid become red/swollen/painful then it could be cellulitis and would need to be seen ASAP. Give the warm compress and baby shampoo lid scrubs a chance....I think it will work for her

Rick :

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JACUSTOMER-hyp2i0w9- :

thanks we will give it a try.

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