One of our most popular questions on SkinCancerConnection was a question posed by member Kylie about an eyelid rash which was itchy, flaking and sore. This particular question received well over one hundred responses and there seem to be new replies each week. Members have been very empathic as so many have shared similar symptoms. Some responders have been diagnosed with a skin condition explaining these mysterious symptoms but many still have not. And the common question posed at the end of many comments is, “What is this?” I thought I would do some research on-line and try to take a stab at providing some information about itchy sore eyelids. We welcome any comments about resources, information, or your experience with these symptoms.
I want to preface my post by advising anyone who is having mysterious skin symptoms to seek the help of a doctor or preferably, a dermatologist. It is all too easy to try to diagnose yourself over the Internet but quite often you are going to be wrong about what you think is going on. You don’t want to let such symptoms go unchecked as they could indicate that you have a serious medical condition such as skin cancer. My motto has always been, “When in doubt, get it checked out.”
Don’t have a dermatologist? Get a referral from your general practitioner. Or you can find a dermatologist by plugging in your zip code into the American Academy of Dermatology’s Find a Dermatologist tool.
In researching these symptoms there are a multitude of non-cancerous conditions which may cause the symptoms of sore, flaking, itchy eyelids. I am just going to list several common potential sources of these symptoms because there are too many to list.
Non-cancerous causes for itchy eyelids
The eye area is a common site for allergy symptoms to occur. If your eyes are itchy, red, and irritated it may be a sign that you are allergic to something in your environment. The common triggers are pollen, mold, and animal dander. The symptoms of allergic rhinitis may include a stuffy nose, frequent sneezing, and itching of the throat, nose, and eyes. In severe cases dark circles may develop under the eyes and the lower eyelid may become puffy and lined with creases. For women, one of the causes for itchy eyelids or irritation of the surrounding skin around the eyes is some type of allergy to your make-up or face cleansers or creams.
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• Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Symptoms of conjunctivitis include red watery eyes, scratchy or itchy eyes, and a discharge from the eyes which can stick in the eyelashes. This discharge can be clear and watery or yellow/green. Conjunctivitis can be triggered by allergies, by contact with irritating chemicals, or by infections with either a virus or bacteria. Treatment depends upon what type of conjunctivitis you have, a viral or a bacterial infection. Warm compresses can help ease discomfort regardless of cause. If you have a bacterial infection, your doctor will most likely prescribe eye drops containing antibiotics.