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Left Eyelid and tear duct area swelling - allergies or ?

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  • Posted By: Pago Cruiser
  • May 5, 2007
  • 09:05 PM

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.

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  • you are describing dacryocystitis. it is generally caused by a blockage in the nasolacrimal duct system. this needs further medical attention.right now you probably need antibiotics to treat the infection. if you continue to ignore the problem, you can eventually develop more severe infections (including orbital cellulitis).
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