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Fat eyes

skin mostly- under my eyes- is swollen, red, & scaley, & seems to absorb lotion very quickly, & gets more scales
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You should see a dermatologist about it.  If it's itchy, a bit of hydrocortisone cream might help, as well as a little benedryl.  Even if it's not itchy, the hydrocortisone would help with the red and swollen.  You shouldn't use it long term without asking a doctor, though, because too much steroid cream can thin the skin, and they eyes already have thin skin.  As for lotion, don't use it.  Lotion has alcohol in it so it will dry fast, and can dry you out more.  After a shower, while the area is still wet, take a little vaseline or cocoa butter and rub it in.  This seals the moisture in--if you do it on dry skin, you'll have greasy dry skin.
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See a doctor about your thyroid.
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go for a thyroid test as swelling of eyes might be a symptom of that...
4851940 tn?1515694593
Personally I would not recommend using  hydrocortisone cream near your eyes.  The skin around the eyes is already thin and  hydrocortisone creams thin the skin so care needs to be taken when using this type of cream.

It appears that you may have an allergic reaction to something.
I would suggest you see your doctor for a correct diagnosis and for him to prescribe the appropriate medication for you.

In the meantime do not use any make ups or eye make up.  Wash the area gently, do not use soap as this aggravates skin conditions and is drying.  If you can't get to see your doctor soon, the pharmacist may be able to recommend an antihistamine and a suitable moisturiser to use that is safe near the eyes.

Best wishes.
4851940 tn?1515694593
Personally I would not recommend using  hydrocortisone cream near your eyes.  The skin around the eyes is already thin and  hydrocortisone creams thin the skin so care needs to be taken when using this type of cream.

It appears that you may have an allergic reaction to something.
I would suggest you see your doctor for a correct diagnosis and for him to prescribe the appropriate medication for you.

In the meantime do not use any make ups or eye make up.  Wash the area gently, do not use soap as this aggravates skin conditions and is drying.  If you can't get to see your doctor soon, the pharmacist may be able to recommend an antihistamine and a suitable moisturiser to use that is safe near the eyes.

Best wishes.
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Unless your doctor is really gung-ho about it/you have really good insurance, I wouldn't get my thyroid tested.  Thyroid problems tend to cause systemic problems, like weight gain, cold intolerance, slow heart rate, depression, thin fingernails, thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows, and a whole host of other symptoms, so I doubt that you have thyroid issues if your eyes are the only thing bothering you.  I think jemma116 is on to something with the allergy suggestion, and she's right about the makeup, if it's something you normally wear.  Actually, if you usually use eye makeup remover, that could be causing issues.

And yes, you need to be careful with hydrocortisone around the eyes, but a couple of applications shouldn't hurt (but I'd ask the pharmacist, just to be safe).  I've personally had a couple of times where I got a bug bite in my eyelid area and had the whole eyelid puff up, and an application or two of hydrocortisone shrank it right back down.  But your mileage may vary.
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