It is not common to all eczema cases, but sometimes eyelids can swell substantially when they are suffering from eczema. This swelling can create a whole new list of problems, on top of you struggle to treat your skin problem. It is important that you know what to do if you encounter this complication.
When you are suffering from eyelid or other facial eczema, sometimes it can agitate the inner layers of your skin. The natural reaction your body has to this agitation is to increase fluids, causing a type of swelling called edema. In your eye area, your tear ducts and other glands can fill with fluid, making the situation more extreme.
The first thing you should know is that this kind of edema can come on very rapidly and aggressively. It can easily swell your eyelids so much that your eyelids close. You will not be able to see properly. If you are starting to feel your eyelids swell, make sure you get to a safe place where you will not be required to drive or do any other task that is hindered by your poor eyesight.
Swelling from eyelid eczema can also result in scarring. Swelling lengthens the healing process, tears the skin, and increases the risk of secondary infection. This is why it is important that you address the swelling as soon as possible.
If you are having eye edema, you should call you doctor immediately. It the swelling is severe enough or there is a risk of infection, your doctor may want to give you an injection to take down the swelling. This injection will not interfere with your eyelid eczema treatment. However, you will want to make sure your doctor knows and approves your normal skin care routine.
If your doctor does not feel the need to see you, he still might recommend a cool compress to reduce the swelling. This compress will not only help the edema, but it will relieve any of the itchiness of the eyelid eczema. Finally, you should also keep the skin very moist, as the edema will stretch your skin and the moisture will counteract this damage.