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Eyelid Swelling

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  • Posted By: paint1
  • March 27, 2008
  • 00:43 AM

About 3 months ago, I had a blepharoplasty to remove excess skin from my upper eyelids. This was not a cosmetic blepharoplasty. I was told that swelling from the surgery would subside within a couple of months. I am still swelling, however, my surgeon said it's probably not from the surgery. She said that this is some underlying condition that is now more noticeable because I don't have the excess skin. The swelling is to the point that the skin below the eyes is "stretching" By this I mean that when the upper lids are "puffy", the lower skin stretches visibly up and around the eye area. My eyes feel very tight, tired, and very uncomfortable. I've tried everything from lowering my salt intake to allergy meds, to drinking alot of water, and icing my eyes. Nothing seems to help. The main thing is the discomfort but my vanity is also being affected because now I'm getting some deep wrinkles from the whole ordeal:( Any advice or insights would be deeply appreciated.

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  • Unexplained swelling that doesn't get better with allergy meds and steroids might be hereditary angioedema. www.haea.org
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  • That's interesting, I work with pigments in my art studio that contain heavy metals...I'm constantly getting the stuff on my hands; I wonder if it's building up in my system after all these years? How does one treat that?I'll also look into the hereditary angioedema. Thank you both for your replies.
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  • Yesterday I started using my Neti pot again with a saline and baking soda rinse. I feel like it may be helping at least a little. I too believe that these types of symptoms are just signs of a larger imbalance. Thanks for the link to the chart. I can't wait to get away from my desk so I can look at my eyes.:)
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