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Last night I was at a restaurant and very suddenly just under my eye started to swell up. I was eating many different things but in my whole life I have never had an allergy to anything before. Also I do not believe there are any bugs that could have bit me. Anyway, after 1 or 2 hours it had completely disappeared but this morning when I woke up it was back but not quite as bad. That was several hours ago and it has gotten a little better but still a bit swollen. Does anyone know what could be causing this? I have really never been allergic to anything at all before so I am a little worried.
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replied March 15th, 2007
anyone have any idea about this?
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replied March 16th, 2007
Especially eHealthy
usually it signifies a sinus infection.

We have sinus cavities allll over our face, and they can swell up at any time.

Have you been taking any salicylates (i.e., aspirin, ibuprofen) at all lately?
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replied October 13th, 2008
I Think I Have the Same Problem
My eye has been swelling up occasionally for about 4 years now. I am 32 years old. Sometimes it's when I have a cold, and sometimes I just wake up with it for no apparent reason. It also tends to happen after a night of drinking (I'm not an alcoholic, but I like to go out drinking sometimes Cool ). I can always feel some pressure on the side of my nose when it happens. Sometimes I get a bubbling feeling right before the swelling starts/gets worse, or I'll get a draining feeling right before it starts to go down.

When it first started, I had Kaiser, but the doctors there are totally incompetent. I finally got to see an eye doctor, and he wanted to run a test, but they refused. They are so bad. Please let me know if your symptoms are similar to mine.

Also, if anyone out there has any possible answers, I would love to hear them.
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replied January 10th, 2012
Sinus swelling
I get the exact same thing!!! It's soo good to hear I'm not the only one. My eye will swell for no reason, and it swells if I have any kind of cocktail UGH!! It's sooo frustrating cause you never know if your going to wake up with a swolle
Eye. I've had this going on for 5 years now. Here's a few things I found to help.
1 I put a humidifier in my room and close all the doors to get as much moisture in the air as possible.
2 in the summer time even though I have an air conditioner I have a swamp cooler in my bedroom window, and again I keep all doors shut to get all the moisture and dampness I can.
3 I learned this one from an old farmer, take a Q Tip and get some Vaseline on it and swipe it on the inside of your nose. I know it sounds crazy but it helps.it captures dust and dirt particles that can irritate your sinus's
I hope this helps Smile I've. Even trying to figure out how to fix this for years. So if you come up with anything I would LOVE to here Smile
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replied October 18th, 2008
swelling under the eye
I agree, this is most likely sinus related.
The sinuses can become inflamed due to viruses or allergens- they react by producing more mucus which blocks the sinus openings. When the sinus openings are blocked, the sinus cavity lining becomes inflammed and in some cases you will actually see swelling. There is usually pressure/pain in the area of blockage. We have sinus cavities in our cheeks, under our eyes and in our foreheads.

The other important thing is that we need proper hydration, when the lining of the nose gets dry the sinuses will react by producing more mucus. We know that alcohol dehydrates- so I would suggest drinking one glass water for every one glass alcohol and limiting salt in your diet.

To help sinus swelling/inflammation, I would suggest irrigating with a saline rinse (you can purchase irrigation kits at your pharmacy or a netti-pot) you simply prepare the rinse as the kit directs and then insert into one nostril. It will rinse the sinuses and come out the other nostril, this may help to relieve a blocked sinus and it is very safe. Saline is natural- there is not medication.

The other treatment that may help is an intiinflammatory nasal spray- it is a very low dose of steroid (Flonase or Nasonex). You would have to see your Doctor for a prescription. If these things don't work, I'd suggest seeing an ENT specialist.

Best of luck- hope this was somewhat useful to you.
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replied October 18th, 2008
Thank You
OK, I will try the netti pot first, then go to my doc and ask for Flonex/Nasonex if the netti pot doesn't work. I think I will also make sure to restrict my salt intake when I drink, since I am already good about drinking a lot of water with my alcohol, especially before bed. The salt thing might explain why it doesn't ALWAYS happen after a night of drinking. It might be happening on nights when eat very salty food along with my drink.

Thanks again.
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replied June 2nd, 2010
Found a cure for my sinus eye pain
I had a very severe about of pnemonia 5 years ago. Due to not being given correct decongestant, mucous built up behind my eye,5 years ago in sphenoid cavity and I have suffered ever since.I ahve tried pain killers, NOTHING WORKS....I have tried the sinus rinse, daily, nothing...the only thing and please believe me here, I sewear, the only thing that works is if I take half a sleeping tablet, it somehow relaxes something behind my eye and the pain goes almost instantly. It does not work with a muscle relaxant like ativan only the sleeping tablet. I have almost got on my knees begging Dr's to help me, and am still suffering. so I take half sleeping tablet if I am home and it helps.I have had sinus xrays, even scan of sinus all clear..BUT THEY NEVER LOOKED AT THE SPHENOID OR HIGHER UP SINUS....go with your gut feeling. I have spent a fortune on opticians fees thinking it was my eyes.
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replied June 2nd, 2010
I had a very severe about of pnemonia 5 years ago. Due to not being given correct decongestant, mucous built up behind my eye,5 years ago in sphenoid cavity and I have suffered ever since.I ahve tried pain killers, NOTHING WORKS....I have tried the sinus rinse, daily, nothing...the only thing and please believe me here, I sewear, the only thing that works is if I take half a sleeping tablet, it somehow relaxes something behind my eye and the pain goes almost instantly. It does not work with a muscle relaxant like ativan only the sleeping tablet. I have almost got on my knees begging Dr's to help me, and am still suffering. so I take half sleeping tablet if I am home and it helps.I have had sinus xrays, even scan of sinus all clear..BUT THEY NEVER LOOKED AT THE SPHENOID OR HIGHER UP SINUS....go with your gut feeling. I have spent a fortune on opticians fees thinking it was my eyes.
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replied June 2nd, 2010
I have suffered with pain behind my right eye for 5 years following a severe bout of flu and not put on a decongestant. I ahve tried sinus rinses, pain killers, nothing works........I have had xrays, scans of sinus, all clear..went to opticians...all clear. the problem is behind eye, in the SPHENOID SINUS which was not xrayed or scanned. Through desperation I have found a cure, where pain killers failed me.I discovered by chance taking half a sleeping tablet stops the pain almost immediately for a few hours. So I take this if I am home. It somehow relaxes somethignbehhind the eye. Honest this works, I know some of you reading this will say what???? but it works.
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replied June 3rd, 2010
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Sounds like it is your sinuses. I live with chronic sinusitis/rhinitis daily. Go to your local drug store, purchase a Neti Pot, & use it daily. Good luck!
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replied November 2nd, 2010
i have swollen pulling skin under my left eye and its been like that since i had nasel surgery over 10years ago. can this be linked?
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replied November 23rd, 2011
SINUS WELLING UNDER EYE
I too have had swelliing under my left eye and on the side of the bridge of my nose. Steroids worked and a strong dose of antibiotics. Using Nasoflex worked but felt i t coming back so I stopped the Nasoflex to see if in fact it was. I had an ENT appt and he had no clue. Suggested auto immune. I was exposed to chemicals a week before this began. I do have small sinus cavities causing congestion but have never had severe or unusual problems.
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replied September 6th, 2012
SWELLY EYE SYNDROME!!
I've had the same problem for about 2-3 years now (minus the time I was pregnant and up to 10 months post delivery, it didn't happpen during that time, weird)! My lower right eyelid swells out of nowhere for no apparant reason! There is no pain involved at all. Just swells for a few hours or so then starts to go down and is gone within the same day or the next day depending on the time it starts. Some times it can be a very small swell, others it's HUGE. It's happened while wearing makeup and NOT wearing makeup, at home, at work, out and about. I went to an Ophthalmologist who said it was NOT an EYE related problem. I also went to an Allergist who did about 100 "SCRATCH TESTS" on me to see if I was highly allergic to anything. But being that it was localized to one specific area only and always only the right eye, the allergist doesn't believe it has anything to do with an allergy. Anyway, BOTH the Ophthaalmologist and Allergist were clueless as to WHY or WHAT is causing this. The Allergist suggested I take Allegra daily to see if it helps. I am anti daily medications, but at this point I'm willing to try anything. So, today, on a day that as I type this I have a small "swelling spell" or "SES" as I have named it (Swelly Eye Syndrome)I plan to go get some Allegra and give a try! If this doesn't work I'll look into seeing an ENT and go from there. All I can say is IT'S REALLY ANNOYING!!! UGH glance stretch
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replied September 27th, 2012
Please can you let me know how you get on as I have had the same problem for about 15 years believe it or not. Mine started with allergies where I rubbed my eyes on a daily basis when they would both swell and then go down. One day the right eye never went down and over the years it would always have swelling and some days would be worse than others. I have seen an eye, ear nose and throat specialist and he could not see anything. One doctor said I was being vain. I have tried tablets but I don't like taking them on a daily basis and stopped, some just bunged me up, but others I didn't give enough chance to work. To this day my allergies have gone better, I am not as bad as I used to be but my right eye is very puffy and worse than it has ever been and I get head aches off and on and eye pain, the doctor has given me eye drops and have used them for 2 days and theres not any change yet, I have mis-placed them but when I find it I will give it about a week. I usually like to wait to see if things get back to normal by itself but my eye is stinging where as before it didn't so might go back again as it might be a sinus problem, doctors make me fed up as reading on here I have noticed some people get no joy and look at fixing the problem by looking on-line for solutions.That's enough of me going on good luck hope you get results.
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replied September 27th, 2012
It's working!!!
The Alegra is working! It's been three weeks now and ive not had one bout of swelly eye at all! It was at the point that I was getting it weekly, sometimes twice a week. I started the first week taking the pill every day then the second week I went to every other day. So far so good. I wish I could post pics of my eye swelling here so you could see how bad it was!
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replied September 28th, 2012
Thanks for that I will give it a go, I do have some pain now, where as before I didn't and it's always been swollen underneath, certain times of the year it would be worse. At the moment it's the worst it's ever been and doesn't go down very much. Two doctors have said my face is not symmetrical, one eye is higher than the other and my right eye where the swelling is bad is higher and has a bigger pocket and that is why the swelling is worse, maybe so but I am willing to try anything now even though I'm anti-drugs.
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replied September 28th, 2012
Pictures of my eye swelling!
Let's see if this works...here's a link to my photobucket picture of my eye swelling.

http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae237/s h0ewh0re7/swelly_eye_syndrome_resized.jpg
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replied September 30th, 2012
Result!
Can't believe after at least 16 years of seeing countless doctors, opticians, eye specialists, ears, nose and throat specialists and pharmacists, I went back to my local optician as I was really fed up of trying everything being told its just me or I'm being vain and it might be cosmetic, a 20 year old girl I don't think she was an optician as she also served on the desk have told me FINALLY that there are allergies showing in my eye and I have a blocked tear duct, HOORAY got a result off a 20 year old girl, optician or not I could of hugged her, even though she said to me I might have to have an operation if the drops don't work. You don't have to have a teary sticky eye to have this condition so don't listen to some doctors if you feel there's something wrong and they tell you there's not go with your gut instinct.
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replied April 29th, 2014
I have a similar problem i think , I have a very slight swelling under my right eye and cheek and this has been there for atleast 6 months now. I have no pain or any other symptoms. Just that sometimes people will notice and ask if I am having right side bit swollen ? Can u suggest me something ? I am just clueless and getting upset everyday ! Sad
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replied July 4th, 2013
sinus
Stupid doctors, every day they are more ignorant! So tired of them, they say "don't worry" is not so swollen! WTH!! I feel so much pain and the stupids doctors say "is ok". They are a bunch of lazy persons who only care about the money.
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