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Dr. PG, Ophthalmologist
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Experience:  MBBS, MD (Ophthalomology)
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PG, I work at an insurance company and implement software

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Hi Dr PG,
I work at an insurance company and implement software for SAP. The skin under my eyes itches and the skin on my eyelids feel very rough and dry. What I can't understand is the sudden development of wrinkles and my co-worker complaining of the same symptoms. We have not changed the office building or seating arrangements. I am taking birth control pills, but have been doing that for several years. She is much older than me so there is no commonality. Could it be a virus or bacteria? Hydrocortisone helps a little, but not permanent.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. PG replied 7 years ago.

Thanks for the information.

The symptoms that you are describing do seem like an allergic reaction. It does not seem like an infection. The fact that your co-worker is also having the same symptoms indicates that the causative factor or the allergen is in the work place. This can be in the form of a room spray, dust mites, pollens (if there is vegetation around your office) etc. Rarely, the exact cause cannot be found. Also, since you do respond to hydrocortisone, though temporarily, indicates that this is most probably an allergic reaction. Since you have tried most of the over the counter medicines, I would recommend you to consult a Dermatologist for a first hand examination. You might need a longer treatment of hydrocortisone 1% or other milder steroid with slow tapering off of the ointment to prevent recurrence.