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The same eye will always swell shut! Help!

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  • Posted By: SMFRANK
  • June 3, 2008
  • 10:33 PM

My son is 11 and for the past 2 years we have battled this condition. He has been to an optometrist and we know it is not his actual eye. We had a CT scan done and found nothing. We have went to an ENT doctor and he was put on nasal spray and givin prednisone for when it occurs. We did allergy testing and nothing came up for that. But still to this day we have no diagnosis. We never know when it is going to happen and it seems to be getting worse. It is always his left eye. You can actually see it starting to swell and within an hour it is swollen completely shut. This time underneath his eye was also swollen. The swelling used to go down within 12 hours and now it has been about 48 hours and it is still not completely down. It usually occurs either when he has been real active outside or severals times when he has gotten poked in the eye etc. He has had to miss school, sporting events and many other things due to this condition and it is just frustrating that we really have no answers for what it is or what is causing it. Or really what to do to treat it. Right now he just started taking zyrtec and prednisone. I'm not sure if the zyrtec has really done anything for it. I am trying to be patient but any information would be greatly appreciated!

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  • If allergy has been ruled out, try here for another possibility: www.haea.org I look out on this forum for people with your son's symptoms. Best wishes.
    aquila 1,263 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you so much!! This at least gives us hope. I really appreciate you responding to me.
    SMFRANK 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you so much!! This at least gives us hope. I really appreciate you responding to me.I too have this god awful afflication. although now I am an active 32yr old male. I have found no matter what I do that every now and then when I am really active it still will pop up.However I have found that through the use of an asthma puffer, an antihistimine and antihistimine eye drop combined with an active exercise regime(including lots of swimming) that it is very manageable. however during my football days I found that the degree of my fitness (respitory strength, or having plenty of wind so to speak) seemed to have a pretty direct corelation to the regularity of the symptoms happening. So in other words make sure your son takes his puffer and antihistimines before everyday swimming practice.Ps, I was actually a pretty competetive swimmer in my day due to this. oh and good luck
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