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Swelling under eye
Anon_26911 posted:

This morning I noticed the area under my left eye was swelling. It's uncomfortable/painful to touch and my eye in general feels "as if there's something on it". I noticed pain at touch a few days ago, but I'm extremely sleep deprived over the last few weeks and thought it attributed to that. The swelling could've been there earlier than this morning, but I didn't notice because I rarely use a mirror.

Any feedback you can give me would be appreciated. I don't know if this can be handled with warm compresses or if I need a doctor.


Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
This looks like a stye (chalazion) involving your left lower eyelid. It represents a clogged skin gland in the eyelid which has become inflamed.

Very warm compresses with moderate pressure for five to ten minutes several times a day. It will usually resolve over the course of several days. Occasionally, it will get worse rather than better which is a reason to see an ophthalmologist for further examination and treatment.

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