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dsiple
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Just wondering if anyone else has extremely oily skin with their lyme. It is mostly my face (it is like an oil slick!!) My wife puts a toner on it and two hours later, it is back to being really oily again!! Also, was wondering if anyone's eyes really burn and water really bad with their lyme. Sometimes, there is crust and mucus in them in the mornings. My vision close up has been affected. When I try to read, it is blurry. Anyone else having any of these problems?? Thanks!

Duane

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Have you had your eyes checked out thoroughly? Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is a fairly common lyme symptom -- it can cause the burning, watering, and crust/mucous you described. It is treated using antibiotic eye drops or ointment -- systemic abx won't cure it. There are other eye infections that can cause similar symptoms, too, some of which can be serious.

Also, some abx can cause eye-related side effects --ketek made my eyes burn for the first couple of weeks.

I'd suggest talking to your LLMD (assuming you have one) and getting an eye test too -- your vision is nothing to mess around with.

I don't have the slightest idea about the oily skin...

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I have also had the problems with really oily skin. My skin has always been a little oily, but nothing like this. I really noticed it after I started on Omnicef, so I wonder if it's certain antibiotics that cause it?

Also, I've had times when my eyes were watery and itchy. Of course could have been allergies, so hard to tell sometimes... I had the itchy & watery eyes a couple of weeks ago and it probably lasted a good month. I didn't have any other allergy symptoms during that time, so I did wonder if it was associated with lyme.

Hope it gets better for you.
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Ever since getting sick, my tears burn so badly they burn my outer lower eyelashes right off!

Dr. St. Armand says this is due to being unable to excrete phosphates, but I did his FMS protocol faithfully for 10 months with no result. (His protocol is for FMS, but IMO, FMS is Lyme. I have both dx's).

I have been told by other long-time Lymies that you should see an Opthalmologist, not an Optometrist for your eye check-up, because there is a certain problem Lymies can get in their eyes that is serious, and it is not checked for in a standard Optometry exam.

I do not know the solution, but you are certainly not alone. Please keep us posted on waht the eye doctor says.

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Hi Duane,

I have been getting the oily skin off and on since I first got sick with this. It seems to come and go with the monthly Lyme flairs. Some months worse than others. Like you its primarily my face and I can wash it off real good but with in an hour I'm an oil slick again. Asked my LLMD about it and he said this Lyme can cause all sorts of wierd things to happen.

As for the eyes mine get real watery and burn. This seems to happen every few months and seem to come along with pressure in my face but not like a sinus pressure no headache. It lasts a week or so like the oily skin then goes away. I too have noticed my vision gets worse when this happens but it gets better again when it ends. I don't get any mucus or crust though just watery teary eyes. I've tried using Allegra and Zyrtec when this happens to see if it is an allergy but it doesn't help

Sorry you are having these problems but thank you for posting about them I hadn't seen anyone post anything similar and thought it was just me.
Hang in there buddy.

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Here's a thread on this from last year:

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=031926

My eyes burn too, but I generally only notice it after sitting in front of the computer for several hours, which I do every day at work.

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I get this too. Washing my face alot is the biggest help. (Unscented clear soap.)

make sure to talk over everything first with your LLMD

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does it burn?? because my oily skin burns??
Hail

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Patrick
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The oily skin doesn't burn but if I get the flushing at the sametime it can feel that way.
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Could systemic yeast cause some of this? Unsure just wondering..
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I have this too and my triglyceride was 10 times higher than normal twice, wondering there is any link between them?
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