Since having Dysport, botulinum A, injections 3 months ago, I have been having bouts of swollen eyes with a red, rough rash around the eyes, mouth and neck. It lasts from 2 to 3 weeks, disappears, and after a few days or weeks reappears overnight. The current one is the worst yet and has been going for 3 weeks. I have tried antihystamines and various creams to no effect, and my Doctor is flummoxed. The only thing I did differently to normal was the Dysport and about a month prior to that I began taking Lexapro. Another effect is that my eyes are often blurry. I have tried the web sites on Botox and Dysport but have found nothing that should last this longterm. I have a history of strange rections to medication, but nothing like this. I have had complete bloodwork done and urine tests, and everything is normal. Does anyone have any idea what could cause these symptoms?
From a drug information handbook, here are the side effects for botulinum toxin:
"Adverse effects usually occur in 1 week and may last up to several months
Central nervous system: Headache (cervical dystonia up to 11%, reduction of glabellar lines up to 13%; can occur with other uses)
Gastrointestinal: Dysphagia (cervical dystonia 19%)
Neuromuscular & skeletal: Neck pain (cervical dystonia 11%)
Ocular: Ptosis (blepharospasm 10% to 40%, strabismus 1% to 38%, reduction of glabellar lines 1% to 5%); vertical deviation (strabismus 17%)
Respiratory: Upper respiratory infection (cervical dystonia 12%)
Thus, it is possible for the various eye symptoms to be caused from the botulinum.
You can consider a referral to a neurologist for further evaluation, but there is a possibility that the side effects may last several months.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
Having just read your experience with Dysport, felt could offer a little advise. I had Dysport 13th June this year and still have eyelid droop of 4mm each eye despite all web sites stating this wears off in 2-4 weeks. I also experience eyelid swelling and my practitioner says this is because the lymphatic system is disrupted. She told me to pat very gently around the eye area several times each day and since doing this all swelling has been greatly reduced. I also have blurry vision and light sensitivity and am becoming increasingly concerned that nothing is wearing off yet even though we are now nearing the end of October. I would be interested to know how you are doing and whether you have received any advice as I beginning to worry that permanent damage to my eyelid muscles may have occured.
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