Swollen Eyelid: Remedies and Treatments

There are a number of home remedies and treatments that can help to reduce swelling in the eyelids.

Home remedies:

  • Apply a cold compress. This can help to reduce swelling and inflammation. You can use a cold washcloth, a gel ice pack, or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel. Apply the compress to your closed eyelids for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day.
  • Elevate your head. This can help to reduce fluid retention in your face and eyelids. When you sleep, prop your head up on an extra pillow or two.
  • Use artificial tears. This can help to keep your eyes moist and reduce irritation.
  • Gently massage your eyelids. This can help to stimulate blood flow and reduce swelling. Use your fingertips to gently massage your eyelids in a circular motion, working from the inner corner of your eye to the outer corner.
  • Avoid wearing eye makeup and contact lenses. Until your swelling has gone down, it is best to avoid wearing eye makeup and contact lenses, as this can irritate your eyes and make the swelling worse.


  • Over-the-counter allergy medication. If your swollen eyelids are caused by allergies, you can try taking an over-the-counter allergy medication, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or loratadine (Claritin).
  • Prescription eye drops or ointment. If your swollen eyelids are caused by an infection, your doctor may prescribe eye drops or ointment with antibiotics or steroids.
  • Minor surgery. In some cases, minor surgery may be necessary to remove a chalazion or other blockage that is causing the swelling.

If you have swollen eyelids, it is important to see a doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

Here are some additional tips for preventing swollen eyelids:

  • Get enough sleep.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Wash your hands frequently to avoid infection.
  • Remove your eye makeup before bed.

If you have any questions or concerns about swollen eyelids, please talk to your doctor.