I am 33 and have the same thing as the daughter of "At Wit's End". However, I'm not so concerned about the rash on my forehead as I am about my swollen eyelids. If it's acne, then why do my (our) eyelids swell? I happen to use a Clearasil cream as well. I wonder if that has something to do with it? I also have allergies to ragweed, dust mites, fragrance, etc. and take Claritin just about everyday. I have also been wearing a wool hat with fleece on the inside for the past month or so, which is another strange coincidence.
Do you have other associated conditions like itchiness over the eyelids, flaking or scaling of the area involved?
Any eye redness, eye pain or a sensation of sand trapped in the eye?
Are both eyes involved?
With what you have posted and taking into account that you have a strong history of allergies, this may be a case of blepharitis.I am thinking of seborrheic blepharitis. There are other causes of blepharitis ( swelling and redness of the eyelids).This involves a bacterial infection and a complication of rosacea (a skin condition usually mistaken for acne).
An allergic reaction secondary to some unknown triggers may also be the cause.Does the swelling subside when you take the Claritin?
I suggest you try to avoid any possible triggers.Try to stop wearing the new hat and observe if the condition subsides. A consult with an opthamologist may help. If this is a case of blepharitis you will need proper instructions from an eye doctor in cleaning and caring for the eyes.
The swelling is in both eyelids. I have had the scaling and itchiness but, right now, they are red and burning. Claritin doesn't seem to help, but it cuts back on my other allergies that may aggravate it. It all started about 2 months ago.
About 5 weeks ago, I went to my GP. She said it was blepharitis and that I should wash my eyelids with baby shampoo. I did that, but it wasn't helping.
So, a few days ago I went to the allergist who said that, to her, it looked like contact dermatitis. She made me an appointment with the dermatologist - I go in a little over a week.
The dermatologist is going to do patch testing for chemicals, etc. in lotions and cosmetics. Also, I just happened to run into someone else who had suffered from swollen eyelids and she said that it was propylene glycol. Anytime she used or ate something that contained propylene glycol (propylene glycol alginate, when it's in food), her eyelids would swell. She said her dermatologist figured it out. I'm hoping that, during the patch testing, they can test me for propylene glycol as well.
I, also, read that someone with swollen eyelids was allergic to benzalkonium chloride. Here's the link: http://www.skinandaging.com/article/3002 - you'll have to scroll down a bit, but there's a picture of the person's eyes and they look just like mine.
From what I mentioned above, do you still think it's blepharitis and that I should see an opthamologist? If so, I will call and make an appointment. Thanks for your help. I am open to anyone's suggestions/advice in order to figure this out.
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I have the same problem. It all started with a tiny swollen area on my left eye. I thought it was a dirty make up brush since I started itching right away. My cheeks and left eye got so red for a few days and then I peeled like a lizard. It cleared for a few weeks, but my left eye was still a bit swollen. I went to a dermatologist, she did a patch test to test for chemicals that touch the skin. I was allergic to a few so when I got home, I got rid off it all. I thought I had some answers. I bought all organic and 100% pure cosmetics. My eye lid started to swell up and the next day, I could hardly open my left eye. It was so swollen, the skin rolled down. It's been a nightmare ever since. I went to an allergiest, he took some blood work and my thyroid level was really high and I tested positive for dust and roaches. I started taking my thyroid medicine since a week ago. I have not used anything on my face but olive oil to help with the dryness. It now has spread to my right eye. It looks like the skin all around the eyes in burned. Its a swollen, red and it itches a bit. I'm sure tomorrow the ski will be so hard like a shell. I've been drinking a lot of water and now am drinking cranberry juice. I'm so scared. I don't know what else to do. What else can I try? what doctor can I see?
I agree with the first post. I don't care about my forehead and cheeks. I am very concern about my eyes. My tear duct on my left eye is very swollen.
By the way, I am a 32 female.
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