(Closed) Fed up with eyelid irritation – help

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Who should I see?
    GP : (9 votes)
    69 %
    Optometrist : (2 votes)
    15 %
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    15 %
  • Post # 2
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    Unless it’s specifically affecting your sight, I’d always say GP

    Post # 3
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    Bumble bee

    If it’s psoriais rheumatology may be worth an appointment, though how long that will take I don’t know. 

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Are you sure it is psoriasis ? Dry scaly skin areas as opposed to seborrhea – flaking skin. I’d probably see both an internist and a dermatologist just to get a 2nd opinion.

    Post # 6
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Try googling Perioral or periocular dermatitis. I am no doctor (studying to be one though!) but I suspect you might have this.

    I have this condition and I can only say, it’s a bitch! It’s basicially irritation around the mouth and or eyes and has no specific known cause. Can be linked to steroid cream use, stress/hormones, heavy creams (like vasoline), sodium laurel sulfate (ingredient used in almost all beauty products- toothpaste to shampoo- to make them “foam”), and cinnamon or mint flavoring. 

    I had a horrible outbreak of this that covered my entire face and made it feel like fire! Have been on oral antibiotics and creams 3x daily for 1 month now and it is MUCH better but still flares up with dry itchy spots occasionally. 1 more month to go before weaning myself off and seeing if it comes back or not. Unfortunately, many times it is  chronic condition. 

    If this doesnt sound like what you have, Blepharitis may be another one to consider. 

    Specific symptoms/pictures would be helpful in determining what going on. 

    I highly reccommend going to a dermatologist- the condition I suspect you have is OFTEN mistreated by general practive doctors with steroid creams because they think it is excezma. This is the WORST thing you can put on your skin with this condition. It will get better for a day, then come back 10x worse and hurt like hell.

    Please let us know what you find out! 

    Post # 8
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Hmmm…bummer! I hope you figure out what it is. I know my creams burn/tingle a little when I put them on irritated areas. But of course if it’s making it worse dont use it! 

    Post # 10
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Glad you found something that seemes to be leading somewhere. I’ve heard perioral/ocular dermattis described as a cross between acne and exczema. When I first has mine it looked exactly like the excezma I had had before on my legs and hands. Of course treating it as such did not do good things! Oh man.

    Have you been put on anything oral? From what I have read, standard treatment for perioral/ocular dermatitis is a topical PLUS an oral medication, usually an antibiotic with antiinflamitory properties. Perhaps go back to the dermatologist and ask about that? I know my oral meds have helped a TON.  

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    AB Bride:  I had eczema on my eyelids for years. They were red, dry, and pretty wrinkly. It made me look a lot older than I was and drove me nuts. After extensive googling, I found that the #1 reason for eczema on the eyelids in women is nail polish. I stopped using it and slowly cleared up over several months.

    Post # 12
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    It’s the steroid cream. It causes the rash to spread and worsen. It works for a little bit and then comes back worse and in new places and then stops working at all. Same thing happened to me and eventually after years of chasing these spreading rashes with steroid cream from my dermatologist and GP, I ended up covered in eczemetous rashes and red burning skin all over my face and body. It nearly always starts with a small eyelid rash. Steroid cream should actually never be used on the face, armpits or genitals, least of all on the eyelids which are highly absorptive. 

    Dermotologists screwed up my life because of this. I had to go through a process called “Topical Steroid Withdrawal”. You can find out more in this video where Dr. Rapaport specifically mentioned eyelids at around 3:00 (http://youtu.be/0JNVj6eAHDs) or visit ITSAN.org for more free info. I’m part of a support group of 4000 members all going through the difficult process of steroid withdrawal caused by overprescription by our dermatologists.

    Post # 13
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015 - Rustic barn/ pavilion

    AB Bride: Go to an Ophthalmologist! They can perscribe medication. Use an ice pack and gently GENTLY was the area with some baby shampoo on a q-tip. A GP is probably just going to give you some generic med and an Optomitrist speciality is for glasses and contacts only. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors that specialize in eye disease in and around the eye. (I’m a 20+ year ophthalmic nurse).

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  KathieL.
    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    You have to be careful on the eyelid because all the things that help thin the skin (because when it’s building up layers of flakyness, that’s what you want to happen) and that is a little dangerous to do to the eyelid.

    But I use OTC Cortaid cream for like 2 days and usually get quite a bit of relief. If you don’t get at least some relief with OTC products, it’s probably something so stubborn that you’re gonna need to go to the dermatologist. Your GP won’t know enough about the different meds to help you.

    I have psoriasis and eczema. Not really sure which is on my eyelid since like you, I can’t be bothered to wait 3 months for an appointment. 🙂 And neither does the rash. I’ve never had it bad when I’ve been at the dermatologist.

    Post # 15
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    Newbee

    Hi! I think you should try another dermatologist. I’ve suffered with perioral dermatitis on and off for about 6 years- the only thing that clears it up is antibiotics. 
    They call it the afflicition of the vain  I’ve been known to put way too many creams, serums, lotions and potions on my face. I have a very basic skin care routine now and it’s helped tremendously.
    Good luck hun

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