Hey guys. I'm glad to have found this site as well. Even if I can't figure out what's wrong with me, at least I know I'm not alone.
I'm a 25y/o guy who wears contacts daily over the last 10 years (same products and all) and has never had any allergies that I know of. I've had several pets and nothing has come of that. I have a bit of psoraisis on my scalp, but I keep it in check with TGel and head and shoulders, been doing it for at least 7 years now. I do the normal 25y/o stuff like eating crap food (I actually eat a good amount of fruit, apples, oranges and bananas), drinking and smoking. So now lets get to the good stuff.
Well...it all started about 5-6 months ago in July/August. I had moved into a new place in April with a roommate who has a cat. I used to have a cat and dog where I'm from but there were outside mainly and never caused any allergic reactions. Plus my old BF had two cats and I practically lived with him and I never had a reaction. So after being at my new place for about 2-3 months I started to develop one or two bumps below my eyes slightly above the cheek bone. They would appear in the morning when I woke up or after a shower and then go away throughout the day. At first I just thought it might be some mild acne, however, the condition kept getting worse and the bumps began to redden and multiply. Plus, they began not to fade as much through the day. Some of them almost seemed like tiny, tiny whiteheads. They were not itchy or painful or terribly puffy, just made me look like some kind of monster.
I decided to go to the derm, and wouldn't you know it, the day I went there was no sign of it. He really couldn't diagnose anything since there was nothing to see. He said it was probably allergies. It kind of went away for a period and then cam e back and has done this pattern up until now. Currently, it's back. I went home for the holidays and it flared up. I have a few theories on it all though. Here they are, psuedo-science and all:
1) I have some sort of bizarre heat rash. The flare-ups happen in the mornings after I've slept (I get very hot in bed
) and taken a shower. Plus it started in the summer when it got hot.
2) My apartment has a mold/and or other problem. The place is a pit. Some days I can't believe I live there. Plus, my roommate is possibly the messiest human I have ever met.
3) I am allergic to something [please don't cop out and say it's the cat...it's not the cat (I wish it were; I hate the thing)]. I'm going to go with food allergy. But also, I had bought some nasty Irish Spring-looking soap that was discounted because it had gotten a little wet. Yeah, gross I know, but hey it was cheap. I have since switched to dove. Other than bar soap, I don't use any products on my face. An alternate theory is that I got some kind of fungus (likes heat and moisture) on my face from that groady soap and it's still there. Kind of like athelete's foot.
4) It has something to do with my eyes watering at night. Sometimes I'll fall asleep with my contacts in and when I wake up the bumps are back (for instance when I went home over the holiday and fell asleep on the bus with the contacts in). Not always, mind you, but it has happened.
I've read most of your posts and I am taking up some of the suggestions. I'm trying the evening 45% mineral water eye gel first. Someone on here had mentioned it. After a week of that, if it's not gone, I'm going to stop and start putting some sort of anti-fungal on it for about a week. If that doesn't work, then I'm going to go whole hog and do an exclusion diet. Fun Fun! I'm also going to go see the derm, and you can bet your sweet bippie I'm leaving my contacts in the night before, sleeping under all the covers, taking a long hot shower that morning and maybe even rolling around in the squalor that my rommate calls her bedroom. I'll keep you all updated on my progress. If I find something that works for me, I'll definitely share it. I might even buy a plane and skywrite it, I'll be so happy.