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

By August 11, 2009 - 2:06pm
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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 (reply to Anonymous)

I have been experiencing the same symptoms on and off for about 3 years.
When it flares up it lasts about a week except this time its been almost 4 weeks.
I've checked out Mario Badescu web site but am not sure which cream you are
refering to. Can you be more specific?


December 19, 2012 - 1:11pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

if you go to website.. it's actually called "control cream" good luck . i'm going to try it also

January 30, 2013 - 8:32am
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The problem:
Swollen eyes every morning when I wake up…..I don’t mean puffy I mean SWOLLEN. Some days they can be slightly better some days they can be AWFUL. Swelling goes down as the day goes on sometimes the skin would be red, and begin to flak off, tiny lines started to form under my eyes from the repeated cycle of swelling. I was aging over night!!
I tried everything- ice, cucumbers, tea bags, coconut oil, putting honey IN my eyes, cutting salt out of my diet, cut sugar out of my diet, coconut oil, I went without makeup, tried steroid creams, oil pulling etc etc… nothing worked. I have suffered with this for almost a year……

The treatment:
Mario Badescu control cream. No joke, I’m not even into cosmetics but this stuff was a miracle for me. It was exactly what I had been praying for and it REALLY REALLY worked. For the first time in almost a year my eyes look normal!!! I look like myself again! I am so happy with the results that I just had to share with anyone and everyone who is suffering with this problem! Try it and pass on the good news, this stuff is phenomenal. It worked wonders for me! After using it for one day my eyes began to look better and now ( a few short days later) they are 100% back to normal, NO swelling!!

July 5, 2012 - 7:00am
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I have been going through hell like many of you and I have a very similar thing.
I am male. I turned 30 this year in October.
My story: around October 1st I noticed a dry spot in the corner of my eye (I am writing this 4 months later.). I figured this was because of the hundreds of eyedrops I had been using from very dry eyes only while sleeping.
I started using petrolium jelly (have not used eyedrops since) for a month but the spot got larger moving to my entire eyelid and slightly down the side of my nose. (Eventually it appeared on what i'd describe as a racing stripe on my other eyelid.)
I started searching online and tried different things, but it got so bad I eventually had to go to my dr who prescribed a steroid cream. After 2 weeks it went away but soon as I stopped it came right back. It got worse, and I had an appt already setup with an opthalmologist. He saw nothing wrong internally and gave me a stronger steroid cream. Again it healed in 2 weeks but soon as i stopped it came right back worse! I made an emergency appt with a dermatologist who gave me protopic because I feared continual use of steroids. He also gave me an internal prednisone. The predinsone I think gave me chest pain (which stopped a week after that treatment, but only after heart attack fears). The protopic healed me within 2 weeks as before, but soon as I stopped it all came back worse. The 2nd visit to the dermatologist he didn't know and just told me to treat it as eczema. I continued research online having to call in sick to work a couple times it was so bad (I had to go back to steroid cream). I have been now thinking I have psoriasis because it spread to other parts of my body. I have always had dry skin and acne now adult acne. I also had a stressful year so I've been remaining stress free as possible. The more I research the more complex this gets and I have not figured it out yet. I am searching for a good doctor since none seem to care about me. even though doctors suck we still need them. I have also been severely limiting my diet in desperation. I also have been sleeping at my other apartment with ski goggles on and a hooded sweatshirt with long underwear and my body coated in lotion. The ski goggles helped a lot so I rinsed all my bedding and clothes 6 times thinking a detergent. No change.
I am now thinking I may not have psoriasis but some food allergy. I have been eating salad a LOT, and the only things I eat now are salad, beans, blueberries and raisins. That's it!!
I was however using probably a wheat tortilla with my salad to make a wrap for one week. I have added a food journal to my medicine and routine journal.
The other symptoms that have slowly arrived. Dry itchy patches of skin on my neck, shoulder, under my knee, my scalp is VERY itchy. The skin all over my legs is now getting itchy and sensitive, and around my groin genitals. benedryl did nothing, and the psoriasis shampoo doesn't seem to do anything. I refrain from itching at all costs but it's hell. The other symptom that has put the puzzle together. Many years ago I got these bumps all over my fingers that had clear liquid, and were very itchy. I could not get rid of them for 5 years then suddenly they went away. They have been slowly returning and now i'm noticing the same thing or similar bumps on the other parts of my problem areas.
This is starting to make sense to being a wheat, gluten, dairy or all three combination allergy or intolerance. My problem with my dry eyes that had been getting worse last year I was trying to be more healthy over the past year. Experimenting with things like trying to be more healthy (including more wheat products maybe into my diet) might have been the cause of all of this. (I can only hope) My only guess at this point is that over the past year this intolerance slowly built up and even with my extremely limited diet, it might take a long while to rid it of my body. I am scared, but fighting it at all costs. My life has been basically nothing but fighting this for the past 2-3 months at least. I have developed extreme compassion for people going through these problems, especially psoriasis.
My scalp has been not as itchy the past couple days since I got rid of the tortillas, but I had soy sauce the other night that I jsut found out has wheat which I did have a bad night after that and my scalp is now dry and flaking. I can't tell if i'm getting any better or worse anymore. I am looking for an internist, allergist, nose throat ear, general practice, dermatologist, family doctor all in one. good luck right? lol It's so hard going to doctors still when they have been of no help, doctors suck but we still need them.
After my research tonight I am definitely going to look for an allergist asap at least.

January 23, 2012 - 11:00pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Allan - I think I have the very same thing you have! I am growing ever more desperate to try to figure it out. I am so discouraged. Tomorrow I am going to spend the day looking for a new internist and trying to get in to see someone at Yale Medical School. I can only hope they view it as interesting enough to delve in and try to find the cause. I am absolutely at my wit's end.

November 4, 2012 - 8:47pm
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I hate to tell you this but I have had this condition now for ten years and no kinds of salve or lubricant or antibiotics, creams or anything have helped. I say to use bag balm at night before bed and visine drops in the morning this holds it down a lot. I just found a web site that says to use a drop of vitamin e oil and also it say to use a drop of castor oil with a clean eye dropper and you can use witch hazel on a cotton ball for a few minutes. I think these home remedies are better than ever using any steroids. avoid steroids as they cause extreme obesity.

February 24, 2013 - 4:39pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Things I forgot... I sleep in a sleeping bag at my other apartment ever since I suspected the detergent a month ago. I was thinking the moisturizer was making it easier to let the allergen into my skin. I forgot to add elbow to my list of other symptoms. The (maybe wheat) tortillas was a week ago.
I have heard about the bumps being diagnosed as eczema, but that may be wrong.
I have not been eating any bread, butter, or anything other then salad, beans and blueberries now for a while as I said. I am just hoping now that it's an allergy to a food that will just take a while to get out of my system. Hopefully I can find a new Dr soon. I'll save this forum and post back sometime in the future.

January 23, 2012 - 11:10pm

hi eric... believe me i know exactly what you're dealin' with as the same thing happened to me... right out of the blue my eyelids swelled right up... at first i thought i might have had an allergy to eating some seafood... but it wasn't that...

if you read the beginning and through of this post you'll see my posts on how i finally got this figured out for me.... at least mostly... and other's recommendations... this site is so great for sharing resources for sure...

i finally found that what worked was getting to a good traditional chinese medicine practitioner - he really helped as i found out from him that my body was really out of balance...

i "had too much fire in my upper body/head" which was also affecting my liver... so, the dr. gave me herbs and acupuncture treatments to bring that fire back down... apparently, when the liver is affected it can affect the eyes as well....

i also find when i eat too much wheat/dairy or alcohol my eyes will go somewhat puffy again (especially overnight) but not like they did... mine were so bad i didn't want to go out and friends wondered if i was really ill.. it was embarrassing...

i also tried every creme on the market and spent hoards that didn't work...

also... since then i now also do regular whole body cleansing and that has also helped tremendously... if you want to know more about that... feel free to message me...

wishing you the best... and hope you find relief soon!

blessings with much light, weaver :o)

January 20, 2012 - 1:15pm
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I have the same problem with my eyes. I would really much appreciate it if you could share with me how you fight this problem. What are the herbs and the cleansing process that your Chinese doctor recommended you.

Thank you,

December 7, 2013 - 8:36am
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Hello everyone. My name is Eric and I'm distressed. I woke up one day in May 2010 with severe red, puffy eyes! I looked bad. Immediately felt self conscious. Today is January 20th 2010 and I'm having a birthday party (turning 23) later and guess what, I have some NASTY red puffy bags under my eyes. I hate it! I have spent more than 1000 dollars on doctor visits, skin tests, blood tests and pills pills pills and I'm not better. I'm so sensitive. I'm allergic to trees, grass, dogs and cats. I'm taking alegra d right now, but Im still getting these ugly symptoms that make me self consious because I look sick, tired and like Ive been crying. (I had a blood test and I don't have food allergies). I don't know what to do anymore :( HELP. Thank you.

January 20, 2012 - 12:41pm
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