why is the inner corner of my eye itchy
I think I know what is going on and what you can do to make things better. It sounds like you are suffering from an anterior segment/tear film issue. Many times, for all sorts of reasons, the anterior surface of the eye starts to have difficulties. What can cause this? Well, there are a number of conditions but the most common are dry eyes, allergies and blepharitis. many times all three conditions act together to make you miserable. In order to solve your problem you need to address all of these issues at the same time. When it comes to allergies it is almost impossible to pin down the offending agent(s) and, therefore, treatment needs to focus on controlling the symptoms. Dry eyes are very common and can be improved by a stepwise series of therapies. First, the use of natural tears 4-6+ times/day to augment your natural tear production, if this doesn t work then you can try temporary punctal occlusion of the lower puncta, then, if needed, temporary occlusion of all 4 puncta, then if indicated, surgical ( non-reversible) closure of the puncta.
The openings to your tear drainage system are called puncta and you have one opening on each lid, near your nose. Blepharitis is a condition where glands in the eyelids are not functioning normally. They become plugged and instead of putting out their normal clear, oily secretions, they put out thick, toothpaste like gunk. You may not be able to see this gunk yourself, unless it is really bad, but it shows up clearly on slit lamp examination. The best treatment for this condition daily lid scrubs combined with warm compresses. I like to use baby shampoo for lid scrubs. In the shower, place the shampoo on your index fingers, close your eyes, raise your eyebrows (to stretch the skin on your eyelids) and scrub back and forth along your eyelashes for 3 to 5 minutes. The hot water in the shower helps to soften the plugged oils in the glands while the mechanical scrubbing with your soapy fingers removes the oils. Baby shampoo lid scrubs will also help to wash away allergens and stimulate tear production, thereby addressing all three of your issues.
Remember, this is not an instant fix. While you are waiting for the lid scrubs to have affect you can use over the counter allergy pills such as Travist, dimetapp or Zyrtec. In your case I also suggest using 1% hydrocortisone cream (you can buy it almost anywhere without an Rx) and placing it on the affected corners twice daily. Should your symptoms get worse, your vision become significantly affected or things just do not get better in 3 weeks or so you should have a complete eye examination by your local ophthalmologist to look for other, less common, causes of your symptoms. I understand that this treatment seems a bit "too low tech" to be of value, but after 2 decades of clinical practice, I can assure you (even from personal experience) that it does indeed, work.
One of the things that causes my itching. it s very sporatic. is that I have seborrehic dermatitis on my scalp and in the eyebrows, and into the cornor of my eye. This is why the corner of my eye itches, although there may be allergic causes as well.
I have been into alternative methods of dealing with my problems for years, and I have not found anything alternatively to take the itch away other than the Rx Pataday drops. I have tried everything over the counter for itchy allergy eyes but nothing worked. These drops stop the itch right away and I have to say without them I don t know what I would do. Roll on deodorant shouldn t affect eye itchiness. I have very sensitive skin and use only products made for a sensitive skin individuals, but in my case, the cornors of my eye itching like mad nothing helps me but those Pataday drops. Just like the blepheritis. There can be many causes but for many folks it is jsut something they live with and control with there are flareups, but those of affected with it have to learn to live with it. In my case I have to use a steroid ointment. But when it flare up there is absolutely nothing I could have done to prevent it. I stopped wearing any eye makeup years ago, etc.
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