Why are my eyes burning?
March 12, 2011 6:18 PM Subscribe
What things could be in the air in my apartment that could make my eyes burn, but not my boyfriend's? YANMD.
posted by juniperesque to health & fitness (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
In the past three days, I've experienced an eye burning sensation only at home. They burn as though something acidic is in them. It is extremely painful, and causes me to need to close my eyes and put a cool compress on for relief. My boyfriend, who lives with me, feels nothing unusual.
Four days ago, I got home from work and everything was fine. I cooked dinner - fajitas with pan-fried tortillas if it matters - and after dinner noticed a slowly burning sensation that got overwhelming. I thought perhaps I'd even splashed hot oil in both of my eyes, it was unbearable. I laid down with a cool compress over my eyes, and fell asleep. The next morning, my eyes were still a bit blurry and sore, but after working all day (outside the home) they improved. When I got home, and cooked dinner, they started burning again, but less than the night before. I didn't have to lie down with a cool compress, but I put artificial tears in all night and was mighty uncomfortable. I woke up fine this morning, and ran errands all day. We are now home, and after cooking dinner, they're slowly starting to get that burn again. I am completely vexed.
Possibly-relevant: the apartment is small, so there isn't going to be a difference in the air of the kitchen versus the living room where we spend most of our time. There is no weird smell in the apartment. My boyfriend does not have this problem, despite being home about the same times as me. The burning sensation feels like something spicy was put into my eyes, and is a dry burn. I don't have any known allergies (exhaustive test last year) - and if this is what eye allergies feel like, OMG, I now understand why people are willing to pay a kajillion dollars on allergy meds.
I know you're not my doctor, and I plan to see one soon. But what are some things that could cause this? If it had just been one day, I'd have thought I splashed salsa in my eyes. But three days, just when I've been home for an hour or more? Goes away when I leave? And doesn't affect my boyfriend? I don't even know what I could mention to my doctor that's relevant or would lead him in the right direction. Your brainstorms are welcome.