Eczema/Dermatitis Around Eyes. Please Help

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I had an allergic reaction to something (still unknown what) 5 weeks ago and since then I have had awful eczema around my eyes.

I have been to the doctors 7 times and to absolutely no avail.

They gave me steroids tablets for 3 days, this cleared it up but it came back 2 days later. Then another course of steroids tablets for 4 days. Again, the condition came back a few days after finishing it.

They steroid cream, which cured the condition but again it came back after a few days. Then a stronger steroid cream (this was for my eyes!!!) And it cleared up but again was back in a few days.

I have been prescribed 5 different antihistamines in this time and yesterday was given an eczema cream (cetraben I think) which seemed to help but I woke up today with them red, swollen and raw again.

I am at my wits end and becoming really depressed about this whole situation. Not to mention it was only yesterday that I was diagnosed with dermatitis and til then I had no idea, I still thought I was allergic to something.

Any help would be so greatly appreciated. Thanks

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    I'm sorry you're having an awful time.  I had something similar about 20 years ago & an Optometrist suggested that my washing liquid had had its formulation changed.  He guessed it was when I put my head on my pillow that I came into contact with whatever it was.

    Eventually, I had patch testing & discovered what I am allergic to.  If they have told you that you have 'dermatitis' have you been referred to a Dermatologist?  If not ask that you are.

    Have a look at this leaflet

    https://patient.info/health/contact-dermatitis

    Good luck!

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      I have been referred for allergy tests, however they say the waiting list is ridiculously long. And yeah I was also now advised to be refereed to a dermatologist so I'm really hoping that will help in someone.

      Thanks for the reply

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    It sounds like this is causing through contact. Have you recently started using a new make up, moisturizer, soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, perfume or any thing that can possibly contact your face?

    If it was me, I would only wash my face with water for a while and stop using make up. Also use sulfate free and paraben free soap and shampoo in the shower. I think moisturizing the area would not be a bad idea. I use Acure eye cream and its been good. Kiss my face is a good soap. Just have a trip to wholefoods and you'll find these. I have a super sensitive skin and for a long time I was allergic to sulfate and would get red rashes on my face after the shower. The doctors just give you steroid and that's it. I did a lot of research to finally figure out I'm allergic to sulfate and need to stop using it. I'm not sure what are you allergic too but eliminating harsh chemicals would be a goid start and hopefully it will help you smile

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      No I hadn't started using anything new with skincare etc. So it really is a mystery. And I haven't been using anything on my skin (unless prescribed) for 5 weeks now so I really don't know where to go from here lol

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    I suffer with seborrheic dermatitis and the coal tar shampoo wasn’t working for me any more so I asked at my chemist if they could recommend something. They recommended a natural milk shampoo which I didn’t think would work but I was desperate and I bought it. It took a week to work and my scalp was clear. Look up natural excema cream for eyes on google shopping and try a natural remedy, sometimes these things work.
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    Try Gladskin, their creams have really helped me with stubborn eczema.
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    Hi, 

    I hope you're feeling better now, as that sounds difficult. Steroid creams can make the situation worse, as they lead to a rebound effect. That's why they're recommended for short terms use only. 

    I hope your condition has improved though? 

    Best,

    Jonathan  

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    Are you stressed out? I just consulted with a doctor who said that stress can cause flare ups. There is no cure. All we can do is reduce stress, create compresses from chamomile tea bags,  and use a cream or lotion that is natural. She recommended dr hauschka eye balm. It’s expensive but it does reduce the itchiness and dryness by the next day. I’ve tried them all, hydrocortisone, lubriderm, suave, nivea, cocoa butter, nothing had any effectiveness. She also said petroleum jelly doesn’t add moisture it just insulates whatever moisture you already have in your skin. So, it’s recommended that you apply lotion or cream and then add jelly to seal the moisture in. Vitamin E doesn’t work either since this isn’t a vitamin e deficiency. And any product will initially burn your skin because it’s raw and cracked- just need to do your best to not scratch. During t’such times I would apply the dr hauschka eye balm and it didn’t burn. I also waited until the end of the evening to apply since it is greasy.  Lastly, don’t use tracolimus- a dermatologist prescribed that for me during my initial eczema eye flare up and it did nothing. I just found out that such an ointment is used if dryness is fungal based which eczema is not. Best of luck! I’m in the same boat as you. 
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    I wonder how you are getting on - your experience sounds almost identical to mine. i developed eye problems - then my eyelids got swollen - had all sorts of antihistames & 3 types of steroids. This went from April until Sept. I had the same diagnosis as you plus allergic eyes. Although now my eyelids are now normal - my eyes continue to itch & i have developed dry eyes, possibly due to the antihistames which i am not taking anymore. I still have no idea what I am allergic to ... Protopic helped me clear the flare up. Hope you had a better resolution.

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