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Eye swelling Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Eye swelling. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the eye swelling?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is the eye swelling unilateral or bilateral?
  3. Is the eye swelling generalized or localized?

    Why: e.g. swelling near the inner corner of the eye may suggest dacrocystitis.

  4. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. systemic lupus erythematosus, Grave's disease, Diabetes.

  5. Medications?

    Why: e.g. many medications may cause nephrotic syndrome such as penicillamine, high dose captopril and gold.

  6. Known allergies?

    Why: e.g. dust mite, mold, pollens - may indicate allergic conjunctivitis or hay fever; allergies may be associated with minimal change disease which is a cause of nephrotic syndrome.

  7. Occupational history?

    Why: e.g. exposure to welding may indicate corneal flash burns.

  8. Travel history?

    Why: e.g. West African trypanosomiasis found mainly in West Africa, Southern Sudan and Uganda may cause puffy face and puffy droopy eyelids; Lassa fever is confined to sub-Saharan West Africa and may cause swollen eyes.

  9. Rash?

    Why: may indicate herpes zoster if rash is blister-like.

  10. Eye pain?

    Why: may indicate glaucoma, sinusitis, herpes zoster infection, cavernous sinus thrombosis, orbital cellulitis.

  11. Itchy eye?

    Why: may suggest allergies.

  12. Fever?

    Why: may indicate sinusitis, orbital cellulitis, cavernous sinus thrombosis.

  13. Symptoms of sinusitis?

    Why: e.g. nasal blockage, facial pain and tenderness.

  14. Symptoms of nephrotic syndrome?

    Why: e.g. facial swelling, especially around the eyes; swelling of the arms, genitals and sometimes abdomen; frothy urine.

  15. Symptoms of Grave's disease (hyperthyroidism)

    Why: e.g. preference for cooler weather, increased appetite, heart palpitations, increased sweating, nervousness, irritability, diarrhea, lack of menstrual periods and proptosis (forward displacement of the eyeball).

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Eye swelling:

The following list of conditions have 'Eye swelling' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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