Please recommend OTC products/at-home treatments and preventive measures for recurring eye styes and eyelid issues. Gross details within!
I suspect my recent woes are related to allergies -- I live in a high-allergen area (ugh) and spring is often a rough time for me, even though I take a Zyrtec every day. I first noticed issues with my eyes last summer -- sometimes my eye or eyelid would be badly swollen and that would last for a couple of days. It went away for a while in the fall & winter, but for the past month or more I've had a succession of uncomfortable, annoying eye styes (I think). They range from tiny ones on the inside of my eyelid (between lash line and eyeball) that look like gross little pimples to what feels like a general swelling of the eyelid. I've had these non-stop -- as soon as one heals, another one forms (sometimes on the same eye, sometimes on the other eye).
I wash my face every morning in the shower and then at night with Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk
. I haven't put on any eye makeup since this started, but I do usually apply a little powder to my face every day, and it's possible the brush may occasionally touch my eyelid. Otherwise no product ever touches my eyes. Today, though, my eye hurts so much and feels so dry that I may use some Systane
eyedrops, unless you guys tell me that would be a mistake. I try very hard not to touch my eyes, but this recent bout of itchy/uncomfortable styes has made it an extra difficult challenge lately. :(
I have no medical insurance and from what I've read, it doesn't seem like going to a doctor is really necessary anyway. I know you are not my doctor. I'm really looking for product suggestions for things I can try to alleviate the discomfort while these things resolve themselves, and I'd LOVE to find a way to make them stop happening!
Also, if it's relevant, I had LASIK in 2004. Thanks for your help!