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My daughter's right eyelid is swollen and red for no reason.

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My daughter's right eyelid is swollen and red for no reason. About two weeks her left had the exact same symptoms which cleared up in a couple days. Should I be concerned?
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Dr. Susan : How old is your daughter?
Customer:

17

Dr. Susan : Describe the eyelid please.
Dr. Susan : How long was it swollen?
Customer:

red and puffy

Customer:

this is the second day

Dr. Susan : Is it itchy or painful?
Customer:

the last time the left eye was red and puffy about 5 days

Customer:

when she touches it it hurts and she says when she closes her eye it hurts a little

Customer:

just the corner

Dr. Susan :

It sounds like she may be suffering from blepharitis. Blepharitis causes a blockage of the glands of the eyelid. When these glands get blocked it can cause swelling of the eyelid and the formation of styes and chalazions.

Dr. Susan :

This blockage can occur because of change in weather, hormones, makeup, genetics.

Dr. Susan :

It is more common in caucasians with rosy complexions.

Customer:

It cant be genetics

Dr. Susan :

why?

Customer:

cause I perfect lol

Dr. Susan :

I meant skin complexion- not the condition.

Customer:

what should we do?

Dr. Susan :

Funny!

Dr. Susan :

Best thing at this time is warm compresses for 10 minutes at a time.

Dr. Susan :

If she can do it 3-4 times per day it well be great.

Customer:

is this something that is very concerning or it will just pass with time?

Dr. Susan :

Additionally, she should start washing her lids with baby shampoo twice a day- the lashes themselves.

Dr. Susan :

It actually can wax and wane. Sometimes she may get flare up and then nothing for months...

Dr. Susan :

the daily washes can help prevent future episodes.

Customer:

Okay warm compression 3-4 times a day and wash with baby shampoo.

Dr. Susan :

Some people get flare ups so often that they actually need to be but on medications by mouth.

Customer:

will this damage her sight?

Dr. Susan :

YEs- start with that and if it keeps recurring talk to the eye specialist about doing on doxycycline.

Dr. Susan :

No damage to the eyes but it can cause dry eyes and that can long term be a problem.

Dr. Susan :

So Artificial tears if she feels irritation.

Customer:

Okay so Dad can quit panicking

Customer:

and just keep an EYE on it

Dr. Susan :

No panicking!! it looks worse than it is.

Dr. Susan :

yes an EYE!

Customer:

Okay - great, thank you so much this was really helpful.

Dr. Susan :

Thank you for the comic relief!

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Thank you! Good luck!

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