Swollen eyes are a common complaint. What are the causes of eyelid edema?

Swollen eyes are a condition that can have many different causes. Swollen eyes, red and swollen eyelids are usually the first symptom of an allergy, but they can also indicate serious diseases, not only of the eyes. What are the causes of swollen eyes?



Swollen eyes are a multi-factorial condition. The most common causes of eyelid edema are allergic diseases. Swollen eyes can also be a symptom of numerous eye diseases, as well as general diseases such as heart rhythm disturbances , hyperthyroidism , diabetes and sinusitis .

Swollen eyes: a local allergic reaction

If you experience pale flesh-colored swelling of the eyes, in addition to itching, it may be assumed that the cause of the swollen eyes is a local allergic reaction.

Swollen eyes: eye inflammation

Inflammation of the eyelid margins is a disease that manifests as itching, burning, redness and ulceration of the edges of the eyelids. The swelling of the eyes is also accompanied by lacrimation.

Chromium , or chronic inflammation of the thyroid gland, is characterized by local redness and pain in only one eyelid. Painless swelling of the eye appears at a distance from the edge of the eyelid.

Infective conjunctivitis - the symptoms of the disease are unilateral or bilateral swelling of the conjunctiva, redness (injection) of the conjunctiva, discharge (mucopurulent or purulent), sometimes enlargement of the parotid nodes.

Swollen eyes: ocular shingles

Ocular shingles is the type of shingles that affects the cornea of ​​the eye. The symptoms of the disease are swelling of the eyelids, conjunctival vessels congestion, and corneal erosions and infiltrates. There is also severe pain in the eye.

Swollen eyes: eye barley

Barley on the eye is a bacterial disease whose symptoms are local redness and pain in only one eyelid. The disease also develops swelling of the eyelid margin, sometimes with purulent discharge.

Swollen eyes: insect bite

An insect bite can also cause swollen eyes. This is when itching and redness of the eyes appear, as well as lumps on the eyelids.

Swelling of the eyes: disturbances in the eye socket

Cavernous sinus thrombosis is a disease caused by clots in the veins in the brain and in the dural sinuses. Swollen eyes are only an accompanying symptom of the disease. The characteristic symptoms of the disease are exophthalmos, paralysis of eyeball mobility, drooping eyelid and reduced visual acuity. In addition, there is a fever and symptoms of sinusitis. Diagnosis of the disease is very rare.

Orbital inflammation is a disease that affects not only puffy eyes, but also exophthalmos and redness. There is also pain during eye movements and reduced visual acuity. Sometimes the disease is preceded by symptoms of infection (usually sinuses).

Pre-septal orbital inflammation presents with edema without protruding eyes, redness, sometimes pain in the eyes, and fever. Visual acuity and eye mobility are normal. The disease is usually preceded by symptoms of infection (most often local skin infection).


Swollen eyelids: a general allergic reaction

Swelling of the eyes, their itching, and extra-ocular allergic symptoms (e.g. hives, wheezing, runny nose) may indicate a general allergic reaction.
Swollen eyes: general conditions Overactive thyroid gland

Swollen eyes are just one of the many symptoms of an overproduction of thyroid hormone. In the course of the disease, there are also widened eyelid fissures, protruding eyes, disturbed eye mobility and dryness of the eye. The accompanying symptoms are tachycardia (increased heart rate), agitation, weight loss and poor heat tolerance (constant heat).

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