I'm a 17-year-old girls who's quite fed up with a dryness problem. The most severe symptom is dry eye. I've always had dry eye to some extent, but about a year ago it became significantly worse after I'd been wearing contact lenses for a while. Naturally, I visited an eye doctor, who did a few tests and was quite surprised at how little tears my eyes were even producing. Eventually I had punctal plugs put in, and was prescribed Restasis, which I use faithfully two times a day, and permanently switched from contacts to glasses. I haven't noticed any improvement since the plugs were put in. The Restasis seemed to help for a while, but it's not a terribly great improvement. I use normal eye lubricants from time to time, but not often as they simply seem to go in my eye without doing anything, or just remind me for a split second how dry my eyes are!
In addition to all this, I've had nosebleeds for almost as long as I can remember. They were particularly horrible when I was about 10-11. I had 3 cauterizations (one and two weren't enough) and was alright for a while, but I still bleed at least once a week or so. I can feel how dry my nasal passages are; it sort of stings. I use Aquaphor almost every night, and always carry AYR gel. Neither provide any permanent help.
I've also got dry skin. Nothing like the dry eye, but still, I have to be vigilant about using some heavy-duty body lotion at least every day, and always always carry around hand lotion - my hands crack all the time.
Finally, I'm always thirsty. I can hardly go fifteen minutes without needing a drink of water. My mouth doesn't "feel" dry, but the thirst is terrible. I drink at least five or six large bottle's worth a day. If I don't my dry eyes, nose and skin get even worse.
It doesn't help that I live in an extremely dry climate; it's hard to tell where the climate ends and my body screwing up begins.
If anyone has even taken the time to read this, I am eternally grateful to you! If you've experienced something similar or even heard of something remotely like what I've described, please, please reply. I'm afraid going to my doctor at this point would be fruitless; likely I'd just get more remedies for the symptoms (which I've tried to treat in any way I can), not an actual answer. I've had plenty of experience with the medical world for a few other conditions, so I know how it all works. I'm not stupid - I just believe my best shot at getting to the bottom of this is talking to people here.
Thank you so much to anyone who even read about my difficulties!
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