Thursday, July 17, 2008
"If the Eye Offends Thee..."
Right about now I would LOVE to pluck BOTH my eyes right out of my head.
Back in February when we moved from the condo to the house, I started experiencing some allergies. Considering that anyone can develop allergies to pretty much anything at anytime, I didn't think a whole lot about it. I assumed that I had developed run-of-the-mill "spring" allergies that were making my eyes itch and water, my throat itch, and my nose run.
Not having had THIS bad of a reaction before, I initially was rubbing my eyes (trying really hard not to, of course) and irritated the skin of the eyelid with my acrylic nails. I assumed I had given myself eczema, and tried to baby the skin as much as possible, and not wear any eye makeup.
When I went to Portland for the wedding, it got better, enough that I was able to withstand having my eyebrows waxed (which I clearly could use again) and wear makeup regularly (just in time for my wedding).
Once I returned to Key West, so the affliction returned to my face.
In the past three months since the wedding it has gotten worse and worse. I wake up in the morning with swollen, crusty eyes that are bright red.
I have developed bags and skin tags that are not seeming to go away.
I gently wash the area with alternately a cold washcloth, hot washcloth, and eye scrubs, then follow up with neosporin, hydrocortisone cream, Burt's Bees eye cream, or Temple Spa calming lotion.
I also hold a bag of frozen veggies on my eyes to try and get the swelling to go down to the point where I can see.
The itching has started to gain ground, now affecting my cheeks and chin.
Yes, I should stop whining and go to a dermatologist, but I don't know any in Key West and medical care of any sort down here is somewhat of a joke.
I am surviving on a cocktail of Claritin during the day and half a Benadryl to sleep at night.