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Eyelids Itchy,Red, Dry for months! HELP ME!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 7, 2009
  • 05:39 AM

I have had a constant battle with these awful symptoms since early last year. I have itchy, swollen eyelids and the outer corner of eyelid and surrounding skin is super sensitive. I even have large red dry/itchy patches on my temples.

It starts itching, but when I have tried to treat it, the eyelid and skin will turn red and have an awful burning sensation. I have tried every topical treatment imaginable, my doc even prescribed Elidel - and it made symptoms worse. The area then becomes extremely dry and flakey - and any kind of moisturizer only causes further burning and itching. Even sensitive skin formulas, etc. Please - what is wrong with me? And, what is causing this? I have stopped wearing eye shadow and makeup on my eyelid, but I work in the fashion industry, and this is causing me a big problem! I take an antihistamine to try and stop the itching, but it does not help. For once and for all, I would like this to just clear up and not come back!

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  • I so hope that you are still on this site, i have the exact same issue i believe, and actually it started around the same time, can you please let me know if you have discovered anything at all and how you are doing?:(
    dragonflys 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • also ,sorry i was so amazed that i figured out this posting a reply i forgot to say i have done the elidel and prednisone and tonnes of allergy testingi would like to talk to you if possible.please:rolleyes:
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  • I have suffered with the same symptoms for over a year now. Extremely itchy eyes, mucas/slime in the eyes, dry skin around the eyes, sores in the corner of my eyes from the constant rubbing and itching. I have had patch testing, which didn't really tell me anything. *(and did not help me) I have done the elidel, zyrtec, optivar eye drops, and some others. I am desperate for help. If anyone has had any success, I would love to hear from you as well. The only thing that has helped is a steroid shot, and it only lasted for just under a month. I know I can't do the shots long term? Anyone?
    nicpuck 1 Replies
    • August 26, 2009
    • 02:05 AM
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  • I think I have the same thing but I've only had it for about two months so far. I really hope it doesn't last forever! Have you tried putting lotion on it?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 22, 2009
    • 00:36 PM
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  • I had a similar thing happen to me last week. The outside corners of my eyes were bright red (but not on the lid) and they were a little puffy and dry and flaky. It was extremily itchy and it burned a little. I went to the doctors and she didn't know what it was but she perscribed me some hydrocortisone cream for the itching which helped. The redness and most of the puffiness went away the next morning. I remember using some cover up with salacylic acid for acne near the corner of my eye one day cuz it was red so i thought that could have been the reason. Also, before the reddness came it was very dry and flaky at the outside corners of my eyes so i thought it could have just ben severly dried out. I've heard though if you don't eat enough riboflavin it can cause redness around your eyes so eat your green veggies!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 19, 2009
    • 05:22 PM
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  • I have had a constant battle with these awful symptoms since early last year. I have itchy, swollen eyelids and the outer corner of eyelid and surrounding skin is super sensitive. I even have large red dry/itchy patches on my temples. It starts itching, but when I have tried to treat it, the eyelid and skin will turn red and have an awful burning sensation. I have tried every topical treatment imaginable, my doc even prescribed Elidel - and it made symptoms worse. The area then becomes extremely dry and flakey - and any kind of moisturizer only causes further burning and itching. Even sensitive skin formulas, etc. Please - what is wrong with me? And, what is causing this? I have stopped wearing eye shadow and makeup on my eyelid, but I work in the fashion industry, and this is causing me a big problem! I take an antihistamine to try and stop the itching, but it does not help. For once and for all, I would like this to just clear up and not come back! Maybe you have Blepharitis or MGD. Blepharitis can cause burning sensation, and the eyelid will turn red the same thing if you have MGD. the eyelid turns red but it is more close to the eyes when you have MGD, and Blepharitis is more around the eyelashes... I am not saying that this is what you have but it could be. Have you been to an eyedoctor? if so it is strange that the doctor did not see this...
    sandra2 2 Replies
    • October 24, 2009
    • 09:44 AM
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  • Hi all, I had very similar symptoms to what you've described. Extremely dry and itchy skin around my temples and eyelids and puffy, watery eyes. A doctor told me it was a 'contact eczema' that was likely caused by an allergy to something. I stopped wearing make-up and tried the countless creams the doctor gave me but nothing worked. Many of the creams were painful to apply and in some cases made things worse. I tried everything and with my frustration growing, I tried to pinpoint exactly when it had started. It was my shampoo. I've never reacted to anything before but I had noticed a change after I started using Timotei. After realising this, I quickly swapped to an Ultra Sensitive shampoo and conditioner (Boots own is quite good) and noticed a drastic improvement. I'm still sensitive to most hair products, Hairspray and Dry Shampoo will still cause it to flare up (as will stress oddly) but it's manageable. I use sensitive skin facial wipes and use E45 Moisture Milk on my face. The redness around my eyes has gone, as has the dry skin and I'm able to wear my normal make-up again!I know how frustrated you all must be and I really hope this works for you too. Jen
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2009
    • 11:03 AM
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  • Hi all, I had very similar symptoms to what you've described. Extremely dry and itchy skin around my temples and eyelids and puffy, watery eyes. A doctor told me it was a 'contact eczema' that was likely caused by an allergy to something. I stopped wearing make-up and tried the countless creams the doctor gave me but nothing worked. Many of the creams were painful to apply and in some cases made things worse. I tried everything and with my frustration growing, I tried to pinpoint exactly when it had started. It was my shampoo. I've never reacted to anything before but I had noticed a change after I started using Timotei. After realising this, I quickly swapped to an Ultra Sensitive shampoo and conditioner (Boots own is quite good) and noticed a drastic improvement. I'm still sensitive to most hair products, Hairspray and Dry Shampoo will still cause it to flare up (as will stress oddly) but it's manageable. I use sensitive skin facial wipes and use E45 Moisture Milk on my face. The redness around my eyes has gone, as has the dry skin and I'm able to wear my normal make-up again!I know how frustrated you all must be and I really hope this works for you too. Jen
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2009
    • 11:09 AM
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  • Hi Jen, Thanks for your post. I, too, am having serious eyelid irritation/issues and have been for about 10 years with no real sense of how to ease this problem. I was using simple Oil of Olay on my face over the summer (very humid summer) and that seemed to work wonderfully...but then I moved to Minnesota and with the harsh weather and dry climate, I can't get away with using just Oil of Olay. I need a stronger moisturizer. I've tried the Evan Healy skincare line and liked it okay but didn't help the eye lids much. Last night I bought Skin Organics eye cream and today I have red, swollen eyelids. I tried Jojoba Oil last night (for the evening) and that seemed to be a good moisturizer, but I don't think I tried it on my eyelids. I think I used the cream...which I may have to return now. Interesting about the E45 Moisture Milk. I may need to try that on my face. So you apply that to your face AND eyelids? Do you have any problems with it clogging your pores? Have you tried any oils for your face/eyelids, like Almond Oil or Jojoba? Can you tell me more about your skin care regimen? I really appreciate your help! Thanks!Hi all, I had very similar symptoms to what you've described. Extremely dry and itchy skin around my temples and eyelids and puffy, watery eyes. A doctor told me it was a 'contact eczema' that was likely caused by an allergy to something. I stopped wearing make-up and tried the countless creams the doctor gave me but nothing worked. Many of the creams were painful to apply and in some cases made things worse. I tried everything and with my frustration growing, I tried to pinpoint exactly when it had started. It was my shampoo. I've never reacted to anything before but I had noticed a change after I started using Timotei. After realising this, I quickly swapped to an Ultra Sensitive shampoo and conditioner (Boots own is quite good) and noticed a drastic improvement. I'm still sensitive to most hair products, Hairspray and Dry Shampoo will still cause it to flare up (as will stress oddly) but it's manageable. I use sensitive skin facial wipes and use E45 Moisture Milk on my face. The redness around my eyes has gone, as has the dry skin and I'm able to wear my normal make-up again!I know how frustrated you all must be and I really hope this works for you too. Jen
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 23, 2010
    • 02:42 PM
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  • For Itchy eyelids:wash eyelids at least three times in a day,to remove any discharge in the eye.Use some antibiotic eye ointment. cyclosporine eye drops
    angelinadiaz 6 Replies
    • November 26, 2010
    • 10:25 AM
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  • wow - I guess its a comfort to know I'm not the only one. I've had dry, scaley, itchy. red swollen eyelids for 3 months now, and have now got to the point of sheer frustration. I have lost count of the times Ive told people its not down to changing any washing powders, cosmetics and so on. The only thing I can think is that it may possible is I have developed an intolerance to something I didn't have previously (which I guess would be almost impossible to check without a skin test) or maybe stress - as it coincided with the start of a new job (although my stress levels do not feel that high). Vaseline on the eyelids is the only thing I can use without burning or making them even more swollen, although it's not solving the root cause. The doctors don't seem to have a clue as they have now prescribed about 4 different lotions or potion, to no effect. I am waiting for a specialist referral to help get to the route of this. I emphathise with others with this - as I am also in constant discomfort and also getting to feel selfconscious about how it looks - the whole eyesocket is bright red - its looks like i've been crying or punched! I know this isn't a very informative post, but here's hoping we all get this sorted for all our own sanity!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 14, 2011
    • 10:47 PM
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    • January 17, 2011
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  • wow - I guess its a comfort to know I'm not the only one. I've had dry, scaley, itchy. red swollen eyelids for 3 months now, and have now got to the point of sheer frustration. I have lost count of the times Ive told people its not down to changing any washing powders, cosmetics and so on. The only thing I can think is that it may possible is I have developed an intolerance to something I didn't have previously (which I guess would be almost impossible to check without a skin test) or maybe stress - as it coincided with the start of a new job (although my stress levels do not feel that high). Vaseline on the eyelids is the only thing I can use without burning or making them even more swollen, although it's not solving the root cause. The doctors don't seem to have a clue as they have now prescribed about 4 different lotions or potion, to no effect. I am waiting for a specialist referral to help get to the route of this. I emphathise with others with this - as I am also in constant discomfort and also getting to feel selfconscious about how it looks - the whole eyesocket is bright red - its looks like i've been crying or punched! I know this isn't a very informative post, but here's hoping we all get this sorted for all our own sanity!I'll post a longer reply in the thread but wanted to tell you specifically I started out using Vaseline for the first 6mo of having these issues & had my Allergy/Immunology doc recommend Aquaphor (a product by Eucerin) instead and it works wonders. I recommend that over Vaseline.
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