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Identifying common food and mild allergy

The skin under my eyes is very itchy and stings. I use face lotion so tried not using it but still it happens and even tried other lotions. It makes my eyes look more wrinkly and tired. What to make it stop?
(25 Feb 2009)

You may be suffering from some kind of mild allergy, which is causing slight inflammation of the skin around your eyes. Try to notice what could be causing the allergy, whether it is something in your food or in your environment. Common food allergens include milk, nuts, and fish. Your diet is quite likely to include at least one of these items on a regular basis, so you should try to eliminate a single item at a time from your diet for a week. If you are allergic to the food that you have eliminated, you will notice an improvement by the middle of the week. It is of course possible that you have a rarer allergy, so it may take several weeks of experimentation before you are able to pinpoint the foods that you are allergic to. It is also possible to be allergic to several different foods, so the best thing would be to visit an allergist and get a test done. Narrowing down a list of possible environmental allergens is even more difficult, and the whole task can be quite impractical, unless the link is very obvious. The allergist will quickly determine what you are allergic to, and also advise you on how to handle the allergy. The simplest approach is to avoid contact with the allergens, but if you do not want to do this or if it is not possible for some reason, medicines are available today that can treat most allergies.

It is also possible that your skin is simply being irritated by some product that you use, such as the face lotion you mention. You may have sensitive skin, and in any case, the skin of the face and particularly that around the eyes is extremely thin and sensitive. It does not take much to irritate this skin, so it is important to be careful with it. You should avoid using any face lotion at all for at least a week, and see if there is any improvement. If it does not improve, then of course you can go back to using any face lotion you like. But if it does improve, you will have to find a replacement. See if you can find a mild, natural product for sensitive skin. An aloe based product may be good, as such products tend to be very mild, and the aloe will also soothe your skin.

answered by G D on 25 Feb 2009, 6:46:08


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