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The Grotesquely Swollen Apple of My Eye- What to do When Bugs Attack Your Child's Face

Son #2 woke up this morning looking like a streetfighter!

Dramatic swelling of the eye(s) such as this can occur for a variety of reasons:
1. Allergic reaction to ingested food or drug (generally affects both eyes)
2. Direct contact with environmental allergen or food allergen (can affect one or both eyes)
3. Hereditary or acquired angioedema (can affect one or both eyes)
4. Injury (usually affects one eye)
5. Low protein levels (generally affects both eyes)

6. Infection (generally affects one eye)
7. Insect bite (can affect one or both eyes)

In this case, my little one endured a mosquito bite at the outer corner of his left eye yesterday afternoon.  It was mildly swollen at the time, and became progressively worse as the night wore on.

Does this mean he has a mosquito allergy? Actually, no more than anyone else.  Certain areas of skin, such as around the eyes and on the lips, are more loosely attached to underlying tissues and muscles than skin elsewhere on the body.  This allows these ar…