About once a year for the past few years my left eyelid and area above tear duct will swell up over a couple day period. I changed to Johnsons Baby shampoo, unfragrented soap, foam pillow, etc. My Dr guessed an infection the 1st time (3 years ago) and gave me antibiotic eye drops. I felt it was allergic based, and started self medicating with Benydril Allergy once a day. Eventually the swelling goes down in a couple weeks; but I have never been able to determine the actual cause, or which actions (eye drops or Benydril) worked. However the eyelid area above the tear duct (near nose) has resulted in a permanent a small wrinkle.
The swelling started again about 2 weeks ago, and I have been using the eyedrops and Benydril to keep things in check. However, I just arrived in Hawaii last night on a vacation. (This sequence also happened 3 years ago, but at that time the swelling went away) However THIS time overnight the swelling has worsened considerably. I now have a swollen "pouch" in same left eye area above tear duct almost the size of a marble, with the eyelid itself so swollen it is covering about 1/3 of my eyeball. Bags under both eyes are also swollen.
It's Sat am, and I can't go to a Dr until Monday; unless I want to pay for an uninsured ER visit... I'm going to buy a new pillow, try and find some Claritan at a drug store to use in lieu of the Benydril.
Any other ideas? Thanks in advance.