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ask: Swollen and puffy eyelids in the morning and then get flaky, red and sore during the day...

By drumweaver
 
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Hi there...

Was just wondering... the last 6-8 weeks, i've been waking up with swollen puffy eyelids - which i first thought was seasonal allergies, but it hasn't stopped. As the day goes on, my eyelids skin will get flaky like exzema, flakes off or just looks horrible... sometimes they're sore, red in areas, very dry and sometimes itchy...

Has anyone experienced this? I've never had any problems with skin problems ever nor many allergies ever either... once in a while in the spring...

I've tried many different kinds of natural creams with no relief! What could be causing this? I'm stumped... when i first went to my doctor, she just sent me home with allergy pills and drops that have done nothing but cost me lots of money....

I'd appreciate any help... with much appreciation...
sincerely, carol :o)

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Anonymous

I went for allergy testing and am allergic to chobalt chloride and hair dye! I've tried to limit my contact with metals and have stopped wearing nail varnish just in case, however it's not clearing up! I can keep the swelling down by drinking lots of water and using 8hour cream and biooil but the red patches on the side of my head and deep lines around my eyes are still there x

December 8, 2014 - 5:09am
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Anonymous

Bio oil helps with the flaky skin. But now my eyes are so swollen. I don't look right. It's really bothering. And it is uncomfortable. In thinking I developed a peanut allergy. I ate stuff with nuts yesterday and then e night before used an almond oil on my face. It is worse than before. I'm going to eliminate peanuts and other nuts. I had peanut butter and jelly also the day before. I hope we can find a solution to this.

December 8, 2014 - 4:37am
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Anonymous

Use olive oil as moisturizer...at least twice (2) a day for a week...use hoeny mask for the area daily. Wala!!!

November 29, 2014 - 2:09pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

OK - so having tried coconut oil, Selsun shampoo, Vitamin E, E45, Euricen, sunbeds (which worked slightly!), Clinique Dramatically different moisturizing cream, Canisten Hydrocortizone cream, prescribed lipocream and Vitamin E oil - Ive found the best thing which has worked so far is increasing the amount of water I drink and going to see a Chinese herbalist. She said it was caused by stress and my immune system being low . Treatment included a back massage, cupping to increase circulation and acupuncture to the affected areas. Ive had this twice and the swelling was reduced within 24 hours. She also gave me a cream to apply twice a day which I have been doing and the eczema has almost gone completely, its just the red marks which are left and lines from the previous damage. Ill update again in a week to let you know if they go. I also have allergy testing tomorrow at the hospital so again will let you know if it was an allergen thats causing it. If anyone has any tips how to treat the damage under the eyes caused by the excessive eczema, please let me know

November 27, 2014 - 2:34pm
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Anonymous

I have this same recurring problem. Sometimes it spreads to between my eyebrows. Having gone to dermatologists and tried multiple remedies to no avail. I have finally concluded it is a yeast problem. I intend to try the T-gel plan, and Lotrimin helps, but eliminating anything with yeast and sugars is the solution.

November 24, 2014 - 3:56am
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Anonymous

This aliment plagued me as well. I would go to sleep at night and wake up looking like Sloth from the Goonies. I did everything mentioned in this forum, and no results. The only thing I knew beyond a reason of a doubt was that the stimulus was in my bedroom, and that when I showered in the morning washing off my eye alleviated my symptoms. The later suggested that the reaction was caused by an allegeren that was coming in contact with my skin. I believe the stimulus is dust and mold in my room, but I cannot control dust and mold, it is everywhere! I am a scientist so I started to approach it like an untreatable disease and manage the symptoms. Since the stimulus occurred in my room I need to create a physical barrier between my eyes and the stimulus (allergen). Along with getting a Clarian pillowcase, I purchased an eye mask to shield my eyes from allergens at night. IT WORKED! I almost cried out of happiness. The masked I purchased is a Forty Blinks mask (Bed, Bath, and Beyond). It has an adjustable Velcro strap so you can tighten the mask, almost creating a seal between the mask and your face. I believe that is essential because regular mask will still let dust in. I put my mask in a zip lock bag at night so that dust and mold from the environment does not get on it. Even if the stimulus for you is not dust and mold it is still coming in contact with you skin at night, so I believe this method will still work. Good Luck!

November 8, 2014 - 8:13am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Great advice on this very popular topic here on EmpowHER, Anon! 

Thanks sharing - the more info we have on what can help others, the better. We appreciate it! 

Susan

November 8, 2014 - 9:41am
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Anonymous

I had the same problem. I went to eye doctor instead of dermatologist. I was diagnosed with dry eye syndrome. Doctor proscribed antibiotic+steroid eye drops. Flakes and itchiness have gone away. I started to use Sustain over the counter for dry eyes to avoid bringing the syndrome back. I had this because I'm just 40(when hormones start changing) and I used contact lenses excessively long time. Also picking up for contacts work with dry eye syndrome is very important if you are wearing contact lenses. According to a research in Korea %10 of the tested school children created dry eye syndrome. Researchers related the reason with using smartphones, computers and TV . Effected childrenare the ones never drops one or another during a day period. I hope this helps.

November 8, 2014 - 5:06am
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Anonymous

Im so glad ive found this thread, but Ive read the whole thing and cant seem to find a global solution. I have been experiencing the issue for around 12 months, it started with a small patch of eczema under my eye and another area beside my ear, but as the year has gone on, its gotten worse to the point where I wake up in the morning and my eyes are so swollen and red than I dont even look like me. The swelling drops as the day goes on, but then the red areas turn flakey and skin begins to peel off.

Ive been to the Dr's twice, the first time he prescribed Lipocream which did nothing, the second a Canisten Cortisone which works wonders but i am concerned about using this around the eye area for a long peroid of time.

At the moment I use it for seven days and then break but the problem comes back as soon as I stop the cream. Im waiting for an appointment with a dermatologiest so will update once ive heard.

Ive changed detergent, make up, moved house, changed my chair at work and nothing has worked - other than going on holiday for three weeks to Bali where the condition completely healed!

To summarise the creams ive read which have worked for others on here are;
Epicream
T-Gel (diluted around eyes)
Watkins Salve
Neosporin Eczema Essentials Daily
Benadril
Coconut oil or Vitamim E
Elocon - Monetasone Furoate
Chinese medicine

Im going to work my way down this list to see if anything works, and also book an appointment at an Allergist and Chinese Herbalist!

November 7, 2014 - 9:14am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

I've had the same thing, going on three weeks .
The doctor said it was allergies. I used eye drops, cortisone cream, I changed my make up, my lotions and my laundry soaps. No relief.
One day while filling another prescription from the doctor a lady in line behind me tapped me on the shoulder and said, " try Watkins salve".
After washing my face with mild baby soap I put the salve on before bed and in three days the problem was completely gone.
After weeks of endless products and expensive prescriptions this is the only thing that finally worked.
I hope this helps you get relief.

November 6, 2014 - 8:25am
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