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Dr. A.S. Desai, Ophthalmologist
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over the past few weeks my left eye began itching, swelling,

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over the past few weeks my left eye began itching, swelling, watering and in the morning matting up. What could be the cause?

Dr. A.S. Desai :

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Customer:

yes

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Is there any redness in that eye?

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Do you have any known allergies?

Customer:

not in the eye but around it. no allergies that i know of

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Is it seen only in the left eye? Is the right eye absolutely fine?

Customer:

yes

Dr. A.S. Desai :

One of the possibilites is that there could be blepharitis of the left eyelid ( inflammation of the eyelids).

Customer:

what should i do?

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Blepharitis can cause mild lid swelling, itching sensation of the lids.

Customer:

is there anything i can do at home or at night while i sleep to help?

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Treatment is in the form of warm compresses twice a day( which you are already doing) as it not only helps to bring down the swelling but also helps to remove any pent up secretions.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Lid scrub is to be done gently using 50:50 diluted baby shampoo, applied to the outer surface of the lid margin with the help of a Q-tip.

Customer:

should i treat it like a stye?

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Gentle lid massage at the same time also helps. Yes the treatment is similar to that of a stye.

Customer:

how long if it persist should i see a doctor?

Dr. A.S. Desai :

This mode of treatment is slow to show its effect and would usually take 2 weeks to show. So I guess in case of persistence of the above symptoms beyond 2 weeks after the treatment, it would be better to consult an ophthalmologist for a closer look.

Customer:

thanks so much for all your help!

Customer:

i will start right now with a compression, should it be cold or warm?

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Though you do not have any known allergies, you can try anti-allergy medicines such as Tab.Zyrtec ( cetrizine), 10 mg , once at bedtime for 1 week . It is better to use warm compresses.

Customer:

great. Once again thanks so much.

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