Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

136 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

What causes allergy to eyes symptoms being swollen eyes and rashes around the eyes?

I have reoccurring eye reactions. I have went for allergy tests for them previous (in the Summer of 2013, see below), but we did not find anything, except an allergy to cats (I do not have cats, and take allergy medication around cats). Since then I have had at least 3 eye reactions (not to cats) but from something unknown that I suspect to be an allergy. 1st reaction - Summer 2013 - symptoms started in the grocery store (went for allergy test after this occurrence - only allergy shown was to cats) 2nd reaction - November 6, 2013 - symptoms started while shopping on Robson Street in Vancouver, Canada (where I live) 3rd reaction - January 4, 2013 - symptoms came during the night and were continuing in the morning. This is the typical reaction: - My eyes both swell, the skin surrounding my eyes swell very large, to the point where they almost cover my eye. If I take an allergy pill it helps somewhat, but does not reduce or stop the swelling altogether. The cause of the swelling is unknown, and has happened both during the day while out shopping (twice), and at home at night (once, the last time). I do not get any nasal reaction, just the reaction in the eyes. Once the swelling goes down (in 3-4 days), I get a rash around my eyes that stays for about 1-2 weeks. I also get some bumps and slight swelling. My eyes also swell more at night during the reaction. The cause of the swelling and rash is unknown at this point. I did not change anything in my makeup or skin care routine during either of these occasions. My food intake is generally healthy, and I cannot think of anything I had out of the ordinary during these occasions. I ve also gotten a forehead rash and a rash under my nose this time (which did not happen last time). It is itchy, red and swollen, and also gets more swollen at night. Yesterday I had blurred vision following a massage. I was laying face down on a massage table for one hour today, and my eyes were more swollen following the massage. I also experienced blurred, distorted vision that last approximately 2 hours after where I felt a bit dissy and off”. They swelled again overnight and the rash also got worse once the swelling went down. It was worse than morning than most, although the first few days of the reaction looked similar to this. Another note: We steam cleaned our carpet on the day of January 4, 2014 when the reaction started. That may also be important to note. We do not have a pet, but there were dogs or cats in our condo with the previous tenants as we found a lot of pet fur in the carpet.
Wed, 5 Feb 2014
Report Abuse
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,  
Lab Tests
Pulmonologist 's  Response
Get your CBC and blood /serum allergy panel done.The symptoms are definately allergic hoeve to know the undelying cause precipitating you need to do allergy tsting and get treatmeant of the undelying allergen causing the symptoms.
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on
 

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

A week ago I woke up with my upper and lower eyelid areas swollen and my eye extremely red. I went to Urgent care and was told I was having an allergic reaction to something and that it would clear up in a couple of days. Two days later, still the same. Went to an optometrist and he said that I had a bacterial staph infection and gave me an oral antibiotic and drops to take for two days. Eye got worse. Was told I was allergic to the drops. Got two kinds of new drops - two days later - still the same. Saw a different optometrist in the same office. He said I was allergic to one of the new drops. He left me on one saying it was just an anti-inflammatory and that I should see results in a couple of days. I get up in the morning with my eye so swollen I can only open it slightly. With the drops and throughout the day with cold compresses the swelling goes down but the redness and watering of the eye remains. I do not have any crusting. When I wake up during the night my eye waters like I am crying. Do you have suggestions as I have been battling this for a week and today I m starting to think it is in the other eye to.                                                                  

doctor1 MD

Hi I am a 13 year old girl and my eyes are having a alergic reaction and I do not know what is causing the reaction. The inside of my eyes pointing torwards my nose are getting very swollen and itchy. Also my eyelids are sore and my mom gave me benadril but it seems like it is not working. I have been resting and laying a bag of ice on my eyes and that seems not to be helping either.

doctor1 MD

Hi Dr. My right nostril and right eye keep draining clear liquid...and my right nostril is clogged with pressure on my temples and cheek and nose with headaches...is this just a sinus issues or just allergies...I take Zyrtec daily...any help would be so greatly appreciated...I need some relief.

Recent questions on  Skin rash

doctor1 MD

My husband has had a chronic rash on his lower shins for the past two years. It is itchy raised and flaky. It never quite heals despite antibiotic creams and steroid creams. He has a 30 year history of ankylosing spondylitis. We would like to know what it is. A dermatologist misdiagnosed him with follicultis

doctor1 MD

my newly adopted daughter of 10mths has giardia and shigella. In the last 6 days she has developed the worst diaper rash. It is bleeding with open little wounds. No creams are working either antifungal, steroid or anti bacterial. Do you think the bowel infections could be the cause?

doctor1 MD

my son has developed spots on his legs and face we took him out to play in the snow had two layers of shirt and pants on him and when we came in and took his pants off he had just red spots all over his legs he has had them for several days now and they seem to get darker when he gets hot and usually midday at night they do not look as bad almost as if they are going away then the next day the same thing happpens about midday they start to look worse is this heat rash of some sort ?

doctor1 MD

My 10 year old had a bump on the outer part of her vagina, close to pubic bone. Had a fever for 3 days, went to ER and they prescribed her with medicine for an abscess. Now she broke out in a rash and complained of burning while urinating. Noticed now she has a sore on the lower part of vagina which is why she is burning. What could these sores be from?

doctor1 MD

I have pain and swelling under my upper arm on both sides. I am 70 female.

doctor1 MD

Dear doctor thanks for your valuable reply however my further query is for last two weeks I have a mild rash under my eye which is persistent and is not going away...I had read somewhere in the webmd website that facial rashes are the first sign...

doctor1 MD

I am getting skin rash after taking Bactrim. Hands, feet. Should I take Benadryl?