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Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 08, 2018 03:38PM
Both eyes have an intense itch in the lid and under the eye and in both corners. It's about 1/3 as bad as poison ivy. I have to rub them hard to get just a little relief. It comes and goes and both eyes are independent of each other. The eyeball is not affected and nothing is red. Antihistamines don't help.

Any tips on how to treat it or which doctor to see?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/08/2018 03:41PM by Dennis S.
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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 08, 2018 03:53PM
Ophthalmologist

This isn't a common cold, go to the specialist



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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 08, 2018 03:53PM
family doctor is usually enough. I've had this a few times from coming in contact with chemicals or bacteria. Mrs. cbelt3 more often (contact lens contamination).

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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 08, 2018 04:12PM
....see opthlamologist.....but allergy eye drops may help.....see doctor first, if you can.....



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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: August 08, 2018 04:31PM
I'd vote for the ophthalmologist.



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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: billb
Date: August 08, 2018 04:32PM
Try a different brand of mascara and eyeshadow or forego completely for a couple of days.



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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 08, 2018 05:08PM
I vote family doc. I'm required by our insurer to get a referral from the family doc to be able to go to a specialist. My daughter, who has medical assistance and Medicare, can go straight to a specialist.



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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: BernDog
Date: August 08, 2018 05:31PM
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I vote family doc. I'm required by our insurer to get a referral from the family doc to be able to go to a specialist. My daughter, who has medical assistance and Medicare, can go straight to a specialist.

Seconded. Easier to get in to a specialist with a referral as well. Some won’t even want to see a new patient who hasn’t been to a GP first.
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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: testcase
Date: August 08, 2018 05:45PM
My ophthalmologist recommended I thoroughly wash my face, especially around my eyes. He recommended using a washcloth with the hottest water I could tolerate. Do this in the morning and especially before bedtime.

He also prescribed Patanol Rx eye drops which have worked wonderfully. The Patanol has since been replaced by generic drops which fortunately work as well.
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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: August 08, 2018 05:53PM
Dennis,

If you don't need a referral, ophthalmologist without a doubt. If you must have a referral, GP/internist first and then an ophthalmologist.

Which antihistamine did you try? Oral antihistamines regardless of type don't always work well for eye-related allergies. Been there, done that and know it all too well from experience. Antihistamine eye drops are much better for eye allergies.

Is there any discharge or is it just itchiness?

That said, your condition could be conjunctivitis (aka pink eye either viral or bacterial), it might be blepharitis, it may be an allergy, it may be a non-allergic reaction to something in the air, etc. It may be something else entirely. FYI, redness isn't always present for conjunctivitis. If viral, you may get itchiness and wateriness and no discharge. I can vouch for that. Definitely don't rub your eyes because if it isn't conjunctivitis, you can actually get it in addition to the other issue.

Definitely, see a doctor of some kind!

Berndog, I've never heard of s specialist turning someone away just because he/she hasn't seen an GP/internist first. If a specialist did that to me, I'd actually choose a different. I've no interest in seeing a doctor with that kind of attitude unless that particular physician is really and truly the best and only option.

Robert
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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 08, 2018 06:01PM
I have MEDICARE and think I can see a specialist without a referral. I can't see the MD until next Wednesday. I'll see how soon I can see the ophthalmologist tomorrow.
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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: PeterW
Date: August 08, 2018 06:02PM
If your insurance plan requires a referral from your PCP to see a specialist, they may not turn you away but they will let you know that insurance will not pay for your visit.
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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: bik
Date: August 08, 2018 06:09PM
I have bad allergies and one year I got something on my face that eventually got into my eyes. I was rubbing and rubbing and it just kept getting worse until a week later the top of my face was swollen to the point my eyes were almost closed.

I went to the emergency room at that point, but the treatment was a Benadryl IV followed by 10 days of prednisone.

Really, the Benadryl IV seemed to take care of things right away and the prednisone was just a precaution, I think.

Anyway, if you have allergies and suspect this is an allergy thing, your family doctor should be able to hook you up.
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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 08, 2018 07:28PM
>Antihistamines don't help

What did you try?

Try some warm compresses on your eyes. As warm as you can stand for a few minutes.

Ophthalmologist sounds good as they might be better at determining whether its allergies.



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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 08, 2018 07:37PM
I tried Zyrtec. Benadryl causes leg and arm jerking.
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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: tenders
Date: August 08, 2018 07:39PM
I would suggest washing gently with a washcloth, mild soap, and hot water every hour for a few hours and see how that settles things. Sounds a bit like blepharitis, which is more of a condition than a disease, and is easily cured and avoided by a bit of extra washing attention.
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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 08, 2018 07:54PM
I would suggest washing gently with a washcloth, mild soap, and hot water every hour for a few hours and see how that settles things. Sounds a bit like blepharitis, which is more of a condition than a disease, and is easily cured and avoided by a bit of extra washing attention.

I was just going to post the same thing, except for the second sentence, because I had no idea.

I have a similar thing that occurs once in a while. I chalked it up to oil from my skin getting into my eyes or maybe dust. A quick wipe with a moist wash cloth and I was fine.

It was just as easy to wash my face several times a day. After awhile I cut it down to three times a day, and I'm fine.




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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 08, 2018 08:02PM
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I would suggest washing gently with a washcloth, mild soap, and hot water every hour for a few hours and see how that settles things. Sounds a bit like blepharitis, which is more of a condition than a disease, and is easily cured and avoided by a bit of extra washing attention.

That sounds like it - blepharitis. I was diagnosed with rosacea but nothing worked except a medicine for Demodex mites. Maybe the mites are regrouping in my eyelashes.
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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: samintx
Date: August 08, 2018 11:27PM
I use anti itch eye drops. Zaditor is expensive but really good IMO. It is overthecounter
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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 09, 2018 05:35AM
Duly noted.

Thank you for that, sam.




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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 09, 2018 06:35AM
.....as mentioned oral anti-histamines don't work well for eye allergies.....better to use eye drops..........



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Re: Itching all around eyes are OK. Antihistamines don't help. Do I see an ophthalmologist or family doctor?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: August 09, 2018 08:08AM
RAM,

I don't go by brand names when it comes to medicines. I go primarily by the active ingredient and purpose. Some are decongestant only, others are standard antihistamines, some are anti-inflammatory, some are mast-cell stabilizers, some are combinations. Case in point: Ketotifen Fumarate, which is the active ingredient of Zaditor, is also in Alaway.

The problem with eye issues is determining the actual cause of the problem. Conjunctivitis is especially a nuisance since it can be bacterial, viral and/or allergic. Each requires a different type of treatment or, in some cases, none at all. Or, it can start as one type (allergy or viral) and, due to other issues, become another.

One of my employees had viral conjunctivitis from the adenovirus. He treated the symptoms appropriately but couldn't stop rubbing at his eyes. Ended up with a nasty case of bacterial conjunctivitis that took two rounds of antibiotic drops to resolve. Although after a certain point, he was allowed back in the office because he was medicated for over 24 hours, we told him to stay home for an extra few days just to be on the safe side. It was that bad!

Robert
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Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 09, 2018 08:10AM
.....have it looked now.....before it becomes....son of an itch.....



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