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I have had redness, some swelling and flaky skin on my eyelids

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I have had redness, some swelling and flaky skin on my eyelids for a year. I have been treated with topical Kenalog, Tobradex, oral prednisone x2, doxycycline and keflex. Absolutely nothing has helped. There is no itching. Worse in my left eye where the lashes are at a 90 degree angle. No eye drainage. I wear contact lenses with no problem, no actual eye irritation. Have seen my regular optomitrist, ophthalmologist and my PCP. NO one is apparently hitting this correctly. While this is not debilitating, it is certainly annoying and a complete mystery to me why no one can seem to diagnose this and treat it successfully. Any thoughts?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.

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Dr. Rick :

It sounds like you have been receiving good care from very qualified physicians without any significant lasting improvement in your condition. At this point I think the best thing you can do would be to gather up copies of all your medical records and travel to a large University Teaching hospital. At an institution like that you could be evaluated and treated by a team of sub-specialists who are at the cutting edge of their respective fields. The best thing about these large teaching hospitals is that consultations are available with Professors and leaders in their field by just walking a few steps down the hall.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is an excellent example of just such a place as this. That being said there are many excellent teaching hospitals all across the country and I am sure that there is one near you.

If you could tell me what large city you live near and how far it would be possible for you to travel in seeking treatment I would be happy to give you some names. Of course, you could also ask friends and associates or check the internet yourself. Let me know what you would like to do.

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