• In this article, we will discuss the causes and treatments for swollen eyelids and armpits, which are a symptom of various underlying conditions.


  • Allergies: Allergic reactions to substances such as pollen, dust, or makeup can cause swelling of the eyelids.
  • Infections: Eyelid swelling is often a symptom of stye, blepharitis, or
  • Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions such as thyroid disorders,
    Lupus, or Bell’s palsy are among the causes of eyelid swelling.
  • Infections: Swelling in the armpits is often a symptom of bacterial
    such as folliculitis or abscesses.
  • Lymphadenitis: An infection of lymph nodes in the armpits may be caused
    by a bacterial or viral sickness.
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa: This is a chronic skin condition that causes
    swelling, redness, and pain in the armpits and other areas of the body
    where there are sweat glands. It often leads to permanent disfigurement if
    left untreated.


  • Redness and itching
  • Tenderness and pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Lumps or bumps under the skin
  • Drainage of pus or other fluids from the area


To diagnose the cause of swollen eyelids and armpits, a doctor
typically start by taking a thorough medical history and conducting a physical examination.
This may include a close examination of the affected areas, looking for signs of infection, skin irritation, or injury. The doctor may also ask about any recent changes in the patient’s health, such as a new medication or a recent illness, as well as any other symptoms, the patient may be experiencing.
In some cases, the doctor may recommend further tests to help diagnose the cause of the swelling, such as blood tests, skin tests, or imaging tests such as X-rays or ultrasounds.



Common antibiotics that may be prescribed for bacterial infections include:
  • Amoxicillin: This is a type of penicillin antibiotic that works by inhibiting the growth and replication of bacteria.
  • Doxycycline: This is a tetracycline antibiotic that interferes with the bacteria’s ability to produce proteins essential for its growth and replication.
  • Erythromycin: This is a macrolide antibiotic that works by preventing bacteria from producing essential proteins needed for their growth and replication.
  • Clindamycin: The bacteria’s ability to produce proteins that are essential for its growth and replication is inhibited by this lincosamide antibiotic.
  • Cefuroxime: This is a cephalosporin antibiotic that works by inhibiting the formation of the bacterial cell wall.


Lymphadenitis is inflammation of the lymph nodes and can be caused by a variety of factors including bacterial, viral, or fungal infections, as well as autoimmune disorders or cancers.
The treatment of lymphadenitis will depend on the underlying cause of the inflammation.
  • Ibuprofen: This is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that works by blocking the production of prostaglandins, which are responsible for pain and inflammation.
  • Naproxen: This is another NSAID that blocks the production of prostaglandins.
  • Corticosteroids: The class of drugs that includes prednisone and dexamethasone reduces inflammation by suppressing the immune system.

Hidradenitis suppurativa:

  • Minocycline: This is a tetracycline antibiotic that works by disrupting the bacteria’s ability to manufacture proteins necessary for its growth and reproduction.
  • Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole: This is a combination of two antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections.
  • Adalimumab: This is a biological medication that functions by blocking the activity of a protein called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) which contributes to causing inflammation in hidradenitis suppurativa.
  • Infliximab: This is another biological medication that functions by blocking the activity of TNF.
  • Surgery: Hidradenitis suppurativa patients can consider the procedure as an option if they have not responded to other treatments or have severe and persistent symptoms.
The following are some of the surgical options for hidradenitis suppurativa:
  • Incision and Drainage: To drain any pus or fluid accumulation, a small cut is made in the affected area. For wide excision, a larger section of the affected skin and tissue, with some of the surrounding healthy tissue, is removed.
  • Skin Grafting: To cover the area that was removed during wide excision, this involves using skin from another part of the body.
  • Laser Surgery: Using a laser to remove affected tissue and minimize scarring is part of the process.
  • Sacrectomy: This is a much more complex surgical procedure that involves the removal of the entire sac containing the diseased tissues. This process is usually recommended for severe cases and can lead to large scars.
It is essential to understand that surgery should be the last choice and only after a thorough evaluation by a specialist.


Swelling of the eyelids and armpits can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions, some of which can be serious. If you experience any symptoms of eyelid or armpit swelling, it is important to seek medical attention to determine the cause and appropriate treatment.

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Ruman Amjad

Hello, I am Dr. Ruman Amjad, an Ophthalmologist specializing in the field of eye care, particularly focused on helping individuals with swollen eyelids. I am thrilled to welcome you to Swollen-Eyelid.com, a comprehensive resource dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information on eyelid inflammation.


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