Rash around Eyes

A rash under the eyes causes an alarm considering that the eyes are a sensitive organ. Having a rash under the eyes usually indicate a handful of possible culprits.

Whether a rash under eye is itchy or not, it should be addressed the soonest time possible.

Rash around Eyes Pictures

Minor rashes around the eyes as manifested by redness and swelling.photo

Image 1: Minor rashes around the eyes as manifested by redness and swelling.
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A severe form of rashes under the eyes.image

Picture 2: A severe form of rashes under the eyes.
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Applying cold cucumber slices on the eyes one of the natural remedies for rashes and swelling around the eyes.photoImage 3: Applying cold cucumber slices on the eyes: one of the natural remedies for rashes and swelling around the eyes.
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Causes of rash around eyes

  • Allergic reaction – A rash around the eyes that is itchy in nature is oftentimes associated with allergy. The allergic response can be associated with insect bites, food allergy, or poison ivy. Along with rashes around the eyes, you will also experience dry or water eyes, eye puffiness, and itching. (1, 2, 3)
  • Atopic Dermatitis – A small red rash under eye can be a symptom of atopic dermatitis or commonly known as eczema. It is a type of localized skin irritation characterized by redness, dryness, breaking, hardening, and peeling of the skin. There is also a possibility that the skin will bleed. Eczema around eyes should be treated right away.
  • Lyme disease – A red skin around the eyes can sometimes cause by a Lyme disease, although it rarely happens. What is a Lyme disease? It is a bacterial disease transmitted through the bite of ticks. Its clinical manifestations are itchy rash, headache, fever, and impairment of the nervous system. The patient also feels tired and restless. (3, 4)
  • Herpes – A specific type of herpes can actually affect the eyes. It is the very same type that causes cold sores: herpes simplex type 1. Once it affects the eyes, it causes a painful rash around the area of the eyes. (5)
  • Bacterial infection – The eyes can be contaminated by bacteria causing it to be reddened and the area surrounding it. It causes the eyes to swell too. In a severe form of bacterial infection, the patient could suffer from fever, chills, and generalized body weakness.
  • Autoimmune disease – Autoimmune conditions can actually cause rashes under the eyes and other parts of the body. A perfect example is systemic lupus disease. What is an autoimmune disease? It is when the immune system attacks the healthy cells of the body.
  • Cosmetic reasons – Some beauty products can cause rashes on the face, specifically on the areas around the lips and eyes. If you have a hypersensitive skin, you should be very careful when it comes to using cosmetic products including makeup, creams, facial wash, lotions, and the likes. (4, 5, 6)

Natural Home Remedies

Rashes around the eyes along with other symptoms can be managed and improved using natural remedies. However, if you are showing signs of bacterial or viral infection, the best approach is to treat them with antiviral and antibacterial medications.

Meanwhile, you can improve the symptoms significantly using the following remedies:

Cold Compress

This is tested and proven effective in alleviating swelling and inflammation. It also improves the appearance of the rash. Take an ice cap and place gently on the affected area of the face. If you don’t have ice cap, you can get a cloth and place ice cubes in it.

Make sure you do not put the ice directly on your face. Cold compress should be done two times a day and not more than ten minutes in every session. (6, 7)

Saline Solution

A saline solution is a salt water solution in layman’s term. What it does is it mimics the normal fluid in the body. If you have rashes around the eyes, your eyes can also be affected.

Applying saline eye drops helps retain the moisture of the eyes. It clears out irritants from the eyes. It improves not just the eyes but the surrounding structures too. (8)


Chamomile has long been used in treating various types of diseases and illnesses. In case of rashes around the eyes, you can use chamomile for eyewash or for eye compress.

Boil a teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers and use the water to wash the eyes. Its soothing property helps improve the condition of rashes around the eyes. (8, 9)

Witch Hazel

It is an American Indian remedy for inflammation and swelling. It is effective in reducing rashes around the eyes. It also improves eye puffiness. (9)


Cucumbers are known for their soothing, moisturizing, and cooling effect. Slice the cucumbers and soak in cold water. Apply one slice to each eye and let it sit there for a few minutes. Do this at least every night until you will see a significant improvement. (5, 10)

Aloe Vera

This medicinal plant is known for its anti-inflammatory property. The pulp is effective in treating rashes around the eyes. To use Aloe Vera for eye rash, simply mix the pulp with cold water and soak a cotton in the aloe vera solution. Place the cotton on the rash for a few minutes or until the cotton dries. (10)

How to prevent rashes around the eyes?

  • Keep your skin healthy and moisturized.
  • You should identify the factors that can trigger rashes around the eyes and do the best you can to avoid irritants.
  • If you are wearing contact lenses, make sure you keep them clean and change the solution periodically.
  • Be careful when using skin care and cosmetic products. Throw out too old cosmetic products.
  • If you have allergy to a particular food, medicines, or things, you should avoid them in any way. If you can’t avoid them, then at least take antihistamines.
  • Do not rub your eyes. Make sure that your hands are clean before touching your face. (4, 8, 10)

When you should contact your health care provider?

Anything that involves the eyes can be a cause for alarm. The eyes are important for without them, you won’t be able to see the beauty of the world. Anything that affects the eyes including its surroundings should be taken seriously. Some rashes completely go on its own while others need a doctor’s intervention. Hence, you need to watch out for the following danger signs:

  • Rash around the eyes with fever.
  • The rashes are itchy and painful.
  • The eyes appear cloudy.
  • The areas surrounding the eyes swell.
  • The rashes have been going on for a while without showing signs of improvement despite home remedies.
  • You are suffering from recurrent rashes around the eyes. (4, 7, 9)


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Article was last reviewed on October 12th, 2017.

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