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Posted by Dude on December 15, 2000 at 14:29:00:

In Reply to: severe swelling of eyes and lids posted by Donna on December 15, 2000 at 00:44:47:

He is having a severe allergy reaction. It could be due to just about anything, including pollen and other environmental substances, personal grooming products, chemicals at home or work that gets into his eyes, eyelids, face or on his hands. Does he have other allergies, asthma, etc. This is an extreme reaction that some people have. Even mechanical rubbing can cause these reactions in some people. Doctors will often prescribe steroids pills and/or eyedrops if it becomes severe. Antihistamines can also be used in addition. Even over the counter antihistamines such as benadryl or chlortrimeton can be beneficial. Do not take these if you are allergic to them. Cool compresses are also beneficial. When this severe reaction occurs you should call the doctor as he/she can prescribe the most effective medications. Some people with these types of reactions can also have life threatening reactions to things such as bee stings and other things. If your husband is, he should have an emergency allergy kit prescribed by his doctor. Keratoconus is an eye condition where the front clear window (called the cornea) is thin and distorted in shape. Often people with keratoconus need to wear hard contact lenses for best vision. These is a high association between keratoconus and allergies.

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