What Makes Eyelid Swell? Know The 5 Major Causes Of Eyelid Inflammation

If you suffer from eyelid inflammation often, don't ignore. This could signal towards an underlying eye problem.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarUpdated at: Feb 25, 2020 16:09 IST
What Makes Eyelid Swell? Know The 5 Major Causes Of Eyelid Inflammation

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Our eyes are very sensitive. Problems of eye irritation, itching and redness are very common especially when the eyes are exposed to external dust-soil, pollution particles and bacteria. But at times inflamed eyelid can also be an early sign of an underlying eye disease. In such a situation, ignoring eye problems can be fatal for you.

Many times when you wake up in the morning, you see swelling in the eyelids of one or both of your eyes. People call this problem by different names in local dialects. In medical science, infection is said to be the most common cause of such inflammation. But infection is not necessarily the only cause of swelling in the eyelids. Sometimes, eyelid inflammation can also occur due to some other diseases of the eyes. Let us tell you some common problems.

#1 Allergies

As already stated, the eyes are very sensitive organs. Therefore, they are susceptible to allergies very quickly. Sometimes these allergies are caused by dust, dirt, and sometimes contact lenses can be caused. Usually, there are problems with swelling of the eyelids as well as redness of the eyes, itching, and watery eyes when allergic. Do not add any eye drops if you have an allergy, rather use a medicine or drop only on the advice of a doctor.

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#2 Pink eye

Pink eye is called conjunctivitis in the medical language. This is also a type of infection, which usually occurs when exposed to a virus or bacteria. The conjunctiva of the eye swells when suffering from such infection. The conjunctiva is an inner layer filled with transparent gel-like mucus. In case of conjunctivitis, you should consult doctors only and only. To treat this, your doctor may give you some other medicines along with antibiotics.

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#3 Sty or Stye


Some people call it sty as bilni. It is the second most common cause of inflammation in the eyelids. Many times this bilni or sty is cured on its own and sometimes it can also take dangerous forms, after which you may need surgery. Therefore, if there is a problem of swelling in the eyelids, it is better to try a home remedy and treat it with an eye doctor. Common bilni can be cured with antibiotics.

#4 Wearing Contact lens

People who apply contact lenses also often have swelling problems in the eyelids. Such a problem usually occurs when you do not take care of cleanliness when placing, placing and lifting contact lenses. Due to this bacteria reach your eyes and cause swelling, itching, pain and redness. However, the infection caused by contact lenses cannot be called serious because in normal conditions it resolves on its own. However, if you have pain and swelling problems for more than 2-3 days, then you should contact a doctor once.

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#5 Insect bite

Many times an eye infection occurs even when an insect bite or goes into the eye while riding a bike and there may be a problem of swelling of the eyelids. To avoid such a problem, it is better to wear a helmet and glasses while riding a bike and do not sleep in the ground or near trees.

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