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Puffy and scaly eyelids due to allergic reaction or eczema flare up after a meal i had, making me hard to open my eyes and see clearly

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: April 3, 2020 12:53 PM
Anonymous 8 months

I am a 25 year old female, i have atopic dermatitis affecting my lips & have been put on treatment with protropic ointment. I have had allergic reaction to dust and it caused my whole face to be itchy, including my eyelids. 2 days back, i had a meal of which i believe consisted belacan or dried shrimp in it, then my cheeks, eyelids & around my lips were very itchy. Now, my eyelids are still puffy and scaly, which makes it hard for me to open my eyes and see clearly. I’m experiencing light headache too, i’m afraid it affects my eyes overall. My lips were also a bit swollen when the flare up started. I am unsure of what food items am i allergic to since i just found out that i have eczema and asthma December last year. I am also unsure that the flare up was due to my eczema or allergy.

Dr Sashini Seeni 8 months
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Thank you for your questions. The following answers regarding your current queries are just general descriptions due to the limited information provided by you. Click on this link (DoctorOnCall) for a private consultation with our doctors.

First and foremost, we truly understand your concerns regarding your symptoms and other health problems you might be facing. Eczema affects the skin and not the eyes. Allergy on the other hand can cause swollen eyes. You should go to a doctor for assessment and allergic medications. It is best that you keep these allergy medications in your home. Allergic reaction can be mild or even severe like difficulty in breathing because your airway may swell up. Whenever this happen, you should immediately visit the emergency room.

Other causes of puffy and scaly eyelids are:

  • Eye infection
  • Eye injuries or trauma

In order for us to provide you with an accurate choice of treatment and management, we need additional details to explore further into your current complaints. Therefore, we greatly suggest that you refer this to your nearest medical doctor. You may also click on this link (DoctorOnCall) to speak with our doctors online. We assure you that our conversations are kept in confidentiality unless additional consultation needed with other medical parties. Thank you.


Last Updated: Fri Apr 03 2020 12:53:31 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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