Doctor DanB : Hello and thanks for your question. Have the ice and benadyl been helping? How long has this been happening? Is it itchy? Do you have seasonal allergies? Customer:
The ice seems to reduce the swelling and the benadryl seems to help but only after a few hours so I am not clear on the benadryl. This has been happening for 4 days and began with more severe swelling which included my cheek under the eye. I went to the doctor and he perscribed Predisone - saying it was probably contact dermatitis. It does not itch and I sometimes have seasonal allergies but not this year so far.
Doctor DanB : Do you have sinus problems / congestion?
no sinus problems whatsoever and no congestion
Doctor DanB : Is there any focal hardness or swelling amongst the general swelling?
no, is soft tissue all the way around
Doctor DanB : Is it swollen right now?
i sleep on my fasce
Doctor DanB : On that side?
sometimes but i believe i sleep on either side throughout the night. difficult to tell.
Doctor DanB : Is it swollen now?
swelling is slight maybe 5%
is a bit swollen though - that is clea
Doctor DanB : Do you have any medical problems? Like diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney problems, obesity, high cholesterol?
very low blood pressure
Doctor DanB : Do you live in a hot climate or is the room you sleep in hot?
no is cold room. i excercise regularly and weight is good
Doctor DanB : Can you take a picture of the swelling and attach it to your next reply?
okay one moment
Doctor DanB : Your left eye?
my right eye. above the ilid is where the swelling usually is most pronounced. if you look at the two eyes the right eye looks less open
Doctor DanB : Okay, I can see what you're talking about. Based on everything you've told me, I don't have any reason to think this is anything serious. It's quite possible that this is a localized, temporary fluid imbalance that is happening in an around the eye on the right side and that it will resolve spontaneously. I don't have any suspicion that there is anything else serious or a specific disease process happening here. I would recommend that you start sleeping with the head of your bed elevated about 30 degrees for the next several days, use cool compresses and try to limit your sodium intake (which can exacerbate swelling in the body. Does this make sense?
Yes makes sense. Thank YOU!