I'm a 55 year old female who has also developed a oval, red, flaking, itchy rash on my eyelids above the crease on the outer 2/3's of the eyelid. Plus crusting of the eyelids after sleeping and little red bumps on the eyelids too. I also have some kind of rash / hives? on my cheeks, forehead and chin but not nose or upper lip. It spread to my neck (sides & front only) and decolletage plus arms and legs (top surface only).
I've been having these symptoms on and off for 3 months since coming back to North America after living in Bermuda for a year. They appeared after 1 month of coming back and I thought it might be the chlorine or flouride in the water supply. Bermuda uses rain water from the roofs (so extremely low chlorine and no fluoride). We have a lot of chlorine and flouride in the water supply. I use a Brita filter for drinking water but my husband refuses to install a whole house water filter.
I don't dye my hair (which I've read on some sites as a possible cause), so that can't be the issue either.
My doctor presribed Prednisone which helped a little but did not remove the rash or itching completely. As it is serious medicine for Aids and Cancer patients, I was only on it for 5 days.
Then I was away in the US for 3 weeks at Christmas and it got better. I was wondering if it could be an allergy too. We have 2 cats that were with us in Bermuda but not in Florida for the 3 weeks. So doesn't really make sense?
I've been reading a lot on GMO's (genetically modified organism's) like wheat, corn, soy, sugar beet etc. and the side effects including skin rashes that the lab animals developed when the GMO's were studied. GMO's were only introduced into the food supply in 1996 and North America is one of the few places in the world where they don't have to label products that they are in. (Even China requires labelling!!!)
I've started last week to remove all GMO food products from my diet which means basically going organic and whole foods. High fructose corn syrup is in nearly everything now (manufactured products) and most of the corn if not all in North America is GMO corn. Same goes for wheat, soy and sugar beet - most of it grown in North America is GMO. This means ketchup, mayonnaise etc. is also off limits.
So far the diet has removed my itchy inner ears, knee pain, digestion issues and swollen finger joints and my stomach has flattened somewhat. I've given away 3 pairs of jeans that are now too large. So there is some progress.
However, the rash has not significantly improved yet. I'm hopeful that as my body cleans out, the rash will also resolve itself and go away.