I look like I was punched in the face!!

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    Feb 04, 2008 5:05 PM GMT
    My left eyelid has swollen and is red looking like I have been punched in the face. I only wish that is what had happened. At first I thought it was "pink eye" but the doctor said no, it appears to be some type of wound. He gave me a prescription which I have been told is just a glorified Neosporin for which I paid $20! So I'm thinking either something got into my eye or maybe just maybe I cut my eyelid with my contact lens!?! lol I'm stuck wearing my glasses for a few days maybe weeks.

    Anyone ever have a similar experience?!
  • ShawnTX

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    Feb 04, 2008 6:09 PM GMT
    It could be blepharitis or a chalazion. Just by your quick description, I would say blepharitis over a chalazion.

    Instead of me writing a long post about symptoms, causes, treatment, look them up on wikipedia, the info is accurate.

    I occasionally get blepharitis, which is bascially a blocked oil gland on the eyelid. It'll go down in a week or two, but doesn't fully disappear for seveal months.

    In my pathology class, at one point we covered seborrheic dermatitis, a common cause of blepharitis. I suggest you check that out on wikipedia as well. SD is hard to diagnose because the actual cause is unknown, and is often mistaken for acne vulgaris or acne rosacea.

    Since my teen years, a few times a year my skin would get red and irritated and then break out. Years of doctors telling me I have acne vulgaris and prescribing this and that, usually antibiotics which are useless for SD, lead to no improvement. When I learned about SD in pathology, a lightbulb went off and then shortly thereafter I developed blepharitis. Now that I treat my skin as having SD, I rarely have a flare up.

    Like I said, check out wikipedia, and if the symptoms of SD sound familiar to you, I have some great material about treating it I can email to you.

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    Feb 04, 2008 8:35 PM GMT
    Nope, I have no irritation. It was sore for a few days but now just swolen. I'm pretty sure it was an injury. I remember as I was riding my bike to class something got into my eye and I rubbed my eye immediately and I thought I had rubbed my contact lens out. But that was a few days before any irritation. So I expect it should be fully healed within a few more days. icon_smile.gif Thanks for the info.
  • ShawnTX

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    Feb 04, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    No prob, anything to help. A compress to soothe the swelling for 10 mintues a few times a day is probably all you need then.
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    Feb 05, 2008 12:32 AM GMT
    I had a simular experience. I was bit by a spider at night and woke up with a huge welt. I was working at Starbucks at the time and the next day everyone was asking me what happened. I kept telling people "you should see the other guy!"
  • bigtallguy

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    Feb 05, 2008 12:43 AM GMT
    this is not exactly the same thing, but it was an embarrassing eye issue.

    At my 23rd birthday party I drank too much, way too much so of course at the end of the night I had to vomit. I puked SO HARD that I managed to burst the blood vessels in both of my eyes.
    and when you burst blood vessels in your eye it is a lot worse than just bloodshot eyes, pretty much the entire white part of the eye is bright red. And I had this in both eyes, so I looked like SATAN!

    To make matter worse, I had just started a new job the week before, and I didn't want to let on how wild I partied, so when I went back to work I lied and said I had really bad allergies that were making my eyes itchy and red. I don't think they believed me.

    this is not actually me, but a photo i found on google images but it is exactly what it looked like:


    luckily it cleared up in couple weeks and didn't hurt at all, but I definitely looked like a freak.
    So moral of this story, don't drink too much.
  • ShawnTX

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    Feb 05, 2008 1:08 AM GMT
    The same thing would happen to my friend Eric, but instead of bursting the blood vessels in his eyes, he'd burst them in his face. It would cause this really bizarre, mottled red look, not like blotchy skin, more like a fine netting of red thread across his face.

    I enjoyed nothing more than to tease him about it, especially since this would happen once or twice a month.