Why Are the Corners of My Eyes Itchy, and How Can I Relieve the Discomfort

Itchiness Around Eye Corners: Causes and Treatments

Why are the corners of my eyes itchy?

There are many reasons why your eyes may itch. These include allergies, stress, insect bites or stings, and even some medications such as antibiotics. You might have other causes too. If you think there is something else, then you need to see a doctor because they will be able to diagnose what’s causing the itching.

The most common cause of itchy eyes is contact lenses. Contact lens wearers often experience itchy eyes when wearing them. Other possible causes include allergic reactions from certain foods or medicines, and even some types of acne medication.

There are several things you can do to relieve the discomfort. Some of these include using a prescription drug called acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) cream, which is available over the counter in pharmacies. Another option is to try a topical product like aloe vera gel or petroleum jelly. Finally, if none of those work well enough for you, then you could try applying alcohol directly to your eyes.

Alcohol will dry out your eyes immediately without causing any damage to them.

I will give you a list of the causes and treatments for why your eyes are itchy:


The first thing you need to do is figure out what you’re allergic too. You might be allergic to something in your house, or some substance you come into contact with on a regular basis. If you figure out what the allergen is, try to remove it from your surroundings. For example, if you’re allergic to cats, try not to be in contact with them as much.

If you’re allergic to dust, run a humidifier in your room.

If you can’t remove the allergen from your surroundings, you should buy over-the-counter allergy medicine and take it as directed.


If you have a lot of stress in your life, then that could also be causing the itching. Try to meditate and do breathing exercises in order to lower your stress levels. If you have a lot of homework, take breaks while doing it so you don’t feel so overwhelmed by the workload.


If you recently started taking antibiotics, then that could also be causing the itching. This is because the antibiotics are killing off the good bacteria in your body, which is allowing yeast to grow out of control. There are a couple things you can do. First, stop taking the antibiotics immediately and throw them away.

Second, you can buy over-the-counter antifungal medication and take it for one to two weeks as directed.

Acne Medication

If you’re a teenager, then you might be using topical acne medication. This type of medication has been known to cause itching. If you believe this might be the cause, stop taking the medication and see if the itching goes away. If it does, then you know what the cause is.


The most common allergen is furry pets. If you don’t own a pet, then it’s unlikely that this is the cause. However, if you do own a furry pet, try keeping it out of your bedroom. If this solution works, then this is the cause of your itching.


Change in seasons often leads to itchy eyes. This is because your house and bedroom has less air flow than the rest of the world. Pollen from trees and grass collects on the windows. When you go into your bedroom and close the door, you’re essentially keeping that pollen in.

The next time you open the door or window, some of that pollen gets swept inside.

Try opening your bedroom window a little bit during the day to let some fresh air in. Also, change the sheets on your bed at least once a week so the pollen doesn’t get a chance to build up.

Home Remedies

This is a catch-all category for anything else that could be causing you to itch. For example, if you’ve been cleaning a lot with bleach, this could be the cause. If you have a new pet, then it could be the chemicals in their fur that are causing the itching.

Sources & references used in this article:

The gift of pain: Why we hurt and what we can do about it by P Brand, P Yancey – 2020 – books.google.com

Explain Pain 2nd Edn. by ME Williamson – 1996 – Bloomsbury Publishing USA

Three laws of qualia: What neurology tells us about the biological functions of consciousness by DS Butler, GL Moseley – 2013 – books.google.com

The Gift of Pain: Why We Hurt & what We Can Do about it by VS Ramachandran, W Hirstein – Journal of Consciousness …, 1997 – ingentaconnect.com

What You Can Change… and What You Can’t*: The Complete Guide to Successful Self-Improvement by P Yancey, PW Brand – 1997 – books.google.com

Incorporating hypnosis in the management of chronic pain by MEP Seligman – 2009 – books.google.com

Hemicrania continua: a clinical study of 39 patients with diagnostic implications by J Barber – Psychological approaches to the management of pain, 1982 – books.google.com

Pain and behavior by E Cittadini, PJ Goadsby – Brain, 2010 – academic.oup.com