My face is really itchy right around the edge of my face from under my ears down to my chin. Usually the right side but sometimes the left as well. It comes on randomly and usually lasts hours to days. It has been happening for a few months now and it gets so bad that I am scratching it like mad without realising it and leaving angry red marks all down the side of my face! Do you have any ideas what it might be?

I have a somewhat complicated allergy history with what was diagnosed by an Immunologist as contact dermatitis but I never found out what caused it. It involved the skin around my eyes swelling so much I couldn't open my eyes and my top lip swelling and blistering as well. It came on out of the blue (I woke up one day and couldn't open my eyes!) Lasted about a year (during which time I was basically incapacitated unless I was taking high dose corticosteroids) and disappeared just as suddenly and I am still unsure what it was. It came back around a year ago but much, much milder. I just get red, itchy and flaky skin around my eyes and lip. It is basically a permanent condition and I put topical steroid creams as well as constant moisturiser to try and stop it and when it flares up badly I take oral corticosteroids. I also developed eczema quite badly around 6 months ago which is controlled by topical corticosteroids and moisturiser when required. Apparently I had eczema as a child but don't ever remember having it since then. I also have the rest of the atopic trio (asthma and hay-fever).

I'm not sure if this is at all related but thought I'd mention my history if it helps! If anyone has any ideas on what could be causing the itching down the side of my face, or even my other problems (since I'm not really sure I believe the contact dermatitis diagnosis!) that would be great.

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replied April 26th, 2014
to begin with don't scratch much, as that part will became worse. Then try to wash your face with ice water as much as u can. If after 2-3 days the problems persist, go to the skin specialist.
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