Swelling in the inner corner of your eye could be a sign of a number of different conditions, including infections of the tear ducts, the sweat glands in your eyelids or the glands that produce fluids to lubricate your eyes. Consult your primary care provider or an eye doctor if your condition does not resolve itself within a few days, as self-care measures will not always get rid of eye swelling.
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Wash your hands with soap and warm water before beginning any treatment for eye swelling. Dirt and bacteria present on your hands can enter your eye and cause further infection.
Apply a clean, warm compress to the inner corner of your eye. A chalazion is a bump in your eyelid caused by blockage of a gland that produces lubricating fluid. A chalazion can cause swelling in any area of your eyelid, including the inner corners. Warm compresses can help unclog the ducts and promote normal drainage, according to MedlinePlus. The application of heat can also relieve the pain of a stye, an infection of the sebaceous glands on your eyelids.
Apply prescription antibiotic ointments to the inner corner of your eye--and other inflamed, affected areas--to clear a stye infection. Children's Hospital Boston reports that antibiotic medications will not help you get rid of a stye more quickly but can help contain the infection so it does not spread to the other eye or other areas of the same eye.
Take oral antibiotics to eliminate the inflammation associated with a tear duct infection, also called dacrocystitis. This infection is localized in the inner corner of the eye where the tear ducts are located and can be a chronic condition in some people, according to Harvard Health Publications. Your doctor will diagnose dacrocystitis upon examination and prescribe the appropriate medications.
Undergo a surgical procedure that opens up clogged tear ducts to get rid of chronic swelling that accompanies recurring infections. Babies who suffer from frequent eye infections commonly require this form of treatment, according to Harvard Health Publications.