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Hi, I have been experiencing redness under my left eye. Had

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I have been experiencing redness under my left eye. Had it checked and doctors Don't know what it is. What it isn't is hepes zoster. This redness, swelling has lasted for over one month. It doesn't itch but there is a patch of dryness next to my inner corner of the same eye.
Can you help me? Ive tried washing my eye with baby shampoo and water, been given ees ointment and cortisone ointment. Nothing is helping. Thank you.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. JLB replied 8 years ago.



Can you give me a little more information?


1. Your age and gender?

2. Do you suffer from any medical conditions? Including skin conditions?

3. Medications? Allergies to any foods or medications?

4. Does the area hurt?

5. Has the redness changed since the onset or has it remained stable?


This will help me evaluate your case better...





Customer: replied 8 years ago.

Hi Dr. JLB,

1. I am 67, female.

2. No skin conditions.Dry ness sometimes due to weather. Hypercholesterolemia, Hypothyroidism , am taking levothroid 75 mcg

3. Besides levothyroid, I am taking mevacor for hypercholesterolemia.40 mg daily and lexapro 10 mg daily,for depression

Allergies to PCN, TCN, codeine, septra. Am lactose intolerant.

4. It gets lighter some days, redder other days

The area doesnt hurt it's just red and scaly.around area under my left eye.



Expert:  Dr. JLB replied 8 years ago.

Hi Carol,


It appears to me that you are dealing with a region of dryness (eczematous area) in a cosmetically unfavorable area. You are at risk for this dryness due to a number of factors:


1. Your age and gender - 1 in 10 women in your age group deal with generalized systemic dryness due to natural hormonal changes.


2. Hypothyroidism - also increases the risk of systemic dryness, even when controlled.


3. Lexapro - one of its most common side effects is systemic dryness


The area becomes red because of the chronic dryness. Dryness leads to inflammation (redness) which then leads back to dryness. Furthermore, it is not uncommon to get infections in areas for dryness. This occurs due to the broken down barriers that the skin provides. The fact that there is no pain likely means that there is no infection.


I recommend the following:


1. Drink at least 2 liters of water per day.

2. Decrease caffeine intake (coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, etc...)

3. Apply vaseline-type lotion to the area at least 3 times daily.

4. Gently place cool compresses over the area for about 5 minutes 3 times daily.

5. Do not rub the area.


Ultimately, a dermatologist may help further it the above treatment recommendations do not resolve the problem.


Good luck and I hope this is helpful...







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