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Eye rash / bumps on outer corners

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Left Eye


I've been battling an eye rash since January. It's situated on the outside corner and below both eyes and consists mainly of many individual red clusters, some of which contain a white or translucent dot. The dots cannot be popped like your traditional zit.


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Many years ago I had something similar and the doctor prescribed Fluorometholone Ophthalmic Ointment which did the trick pretty quickly. However, this occurrence seems different because the clusters are much more individual instead of a plain rash like eczema. I've gone to my local Dermatologist and she prescribed ProTopic. While it removed the redness of the bumps, the bumps themselves never cleared up. The research I've done points to something like periocular dermatitis, but for the life of me I can't figure out what I'd be allergic to. I'm allergic to pollen and dust mites, but it's not like I'm sneezing daily. The bumps come and go, do not hurt to the touch, sting, etc. They're mainly a visual annoyance, but by the 5th month, they've become really annoying.

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That looks like eczema with some secondary folliculitis.

The fact that the bumps have remained even though the Protopic has cleared up the skin otherwise goes along with this diagnosis.

At this point you should continue the ProTopic as directed. In addition, warm compresses, cleaning the skin with an antibacterial face cleaner, such as Cetaphil, at least twice a day should clear things up in a week or so.

If this doesn't do it, you may need an oral antibiotic.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thanks Dr. Rick,


I don't have Cetaphil on-hand, but would a combination of Johnson& Johnson shampoo for the facewash and then , hydrogen-peroxide then neosporin do the trick?


I got the combination from another post on this site for a similar condition.


Yes, that should work. Give it a try for 3 days or so and see if it helps. If not, then you can get some cetaphil face wash.

I hope you feel better soon. Have a good evening :)

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I've got an appointment tomorrow with a dermatologist. While the bumps have lessened, my eyes are still bothering me. One thing I should mention: tonight when I had a couple of glasses of white wine, both of my eyes became red and felt a little hot and swollen. Picture is linked. Does this still jive with your original diagnosis?

The picture did not come through.....

I don't think this event will give me enough new information to change my original diagnosis....

Let me know what the dermatologist says tomorrow.


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