I have been struggling with eye problems, and I would appreciate any insight anyone has. It started about two or three months ago, I got a new eye shadow and I noticed that it caused one eyelid to get kind of dry and flakey in the corner. I stopped using it and then all the others I owned started doing it too, on both eyes. I stopped using all eye shadow and noticed that my eyes were just pouring tears when I wake up in the morning, especially if it is very early and I am still really tired. Then my eyes swell and get all red on the eyelids and below my eyes, they kind of itch and feel weird too. I went to the DR. They gave me steroid cream and told me not to use it for very long as it thins the skin around the eye. I tried also to avoid wearing eye makeup as much as possible,(this is like going naked for me, I will admit I am vain) returned a new makeup remover I thought might be part of the problem, and used the steroid cream. It got a little better so I stopped using the cream. It came back. I got all new eye makeup from the health food store. I started taking Quercitin ( anatural antihistamine) on the advice of a natureopath at the natural pharmacy (I live in Seattle where there are pharmacies that have natureopathic doctors on staff) and putting Calendula on my eyes. I switched to only using Dr. Bronner’s diluted baby soap and jojoba oil on my face. It got a lot better. Now it is back- I woke up with what looked like black eyes, only they were red and swollen. What do I try next? I am now starting to think maybe I am allergic to something else besides eye makeup. I was having a lot of GI trouble for a long time, I stopped eating peanuts and it went away. I took a Claritin today and it did not help. Now I just wonder if I have become super sensitive and maybe my old sick cat is the problem? I just do not know what to do next, or who to even see as a next step!
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9/25/08 at 11:55pm