I am 18 and still attend my family practicioner. The first instance of this condition happened over a year ago: I got food poisoning and vomited a lot. Immediately after the first vomiting, the skin over my right eye became red and dry. The left eye did too, to a much smaller degree. It hurt to touch or apply triple antibiotic to. In a week or so, it cleared up. We chalked it up to sickness/allergic reaction/something fluke.
Then around May 20th ('08), I cried a lot one night and the skin over my eyes became inflamed! It didn't go away until about the end of June. We said, maybe broken blood vessels.
Now, I had a bad reaction to taking a supplement incorrectly a week or two ago. (If I hadn't eaten enough beforehand, uncontrollable sneezing, coughing, and retching.) The skin condition happened again! My last retching reaction was a couple of days ago. I fixed my schedule and it has stopped. However, the skin is doing nothing but getting worse.
For your information, I am taking 100mg Lamictal (mood stabilizer) (lamotrigine), seasonique (birth control) (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol .15mg/.03mg and ethinyl estradiol .01mg),
and supplements: Nature Made Flaxseed Oil 1000mg (2/day), Schiff Glucosamine 1500mg/MSM 500 mg (3/day), Women's One Daily multivitamin/multimineral.
(We believe the retching problem stemmed from taking 2 flaxseed once a day rather than one twice a day. The skin condition has preexisted all of my medicines and supplements, to be clear.)
I have tried treating this dry, red, painful, flaky skin with moisturizer, eye cream, and triple antibiotic. My skin care/hair care products are not the problem.
I cannot get a diagnosis because my doctor refuses to address this condition. She says, Oh, well, have you tried triple antibiotic? I say, Yes; she says, Oh, well.
It is really irritating because it is only getting worse! (more painful, drier--not spreading.)
Thank you for your consideration.