Hi all. I just need to commiserate because my family is sick of listening to me. I've been waking up every morning for the past few weeks with red, puffy under eyes and I'm trying to figure out what's going. Because of course my first inclination is that it's something more sinister than "allergies" thanks to unfortunately deciding to google.
A few weeks ago I was out with some friends and both of my eyes really swelled up. I was thinking it had to do with dehydration from being out in the sun or that my face lotion may have sweated into my eyes. I took some benadryl and drank plenty of water expecting the issue to clear up. Well, the swelling eventually subsided in the next few days, but I'm now suffering from really dry circles under my eyes. This morning they were red and puffy again in addition to being dry. Since this has been going on for a few weeks now I'm really worried something more sinister is going on. I've been taking an allergy pill almost daily (especially if my eyes are really bad), drink plenty of water, have gotten rid of my makeup, changed out my contact lenses, use a good mosturizing cream daily, wash only with cold water (no facial wash or makeup remover). Could this just be allergies? I've suffered from seasonal allergies before but I usually only got a runny nose. Is it lack of sleep? Hormones? Some sort of underlying condition (thanks for that one Google, please be more vague). All of the above?? UGH.
I'm just worried about it because it has affected my appearnance to the point where other people notice and is really starting to take a toll on my self esteem. As if I didn't worry enough already.
Anyway, I have an appointment with my PCP for a physical but it's not until the beginning of November and if this hasn't cleared up I definitely plan on bringing it up. In the meantime, I was wondering if anyone could offer any assurance or tips on what the heck may be going on...