This has been going on way longer than it should have, but I have some patchy red spots around mainly my left eye. They tend to itch a lot and can get scaly on occasion. I have gone to my dermatologist who diagnosed it as eczema and gave me a steroid cream. I do not have this any other place other than near my eye. The first round seemed to work some, it lessened on my left eye, but then started appearing some on my right eye. Long story short, I went back a few more times, got different creams, and same-ish result. My sister had an eyelash mite infestation and it got me thinking I could have a similar issue. I went to my eye doctor and she said my eyelids were inflamed, but did not see any mites. She prescribed an antibiotic in case they had created an infection. After the first week of taking the medication, I noticed a huge improvement. At the end of the week, I started noticing some redness and itching again and was told to take another dose, this was last week. Over the weekend, under my eye seemed to truly regress and is back to itchy and super red.
All that to ask, if I eventually kill the infection (assuming that's what it is), how long would be reasonable to assume the red, itchy, patchy skin will go away? Would I need to go back to the steroid cream? I have never had this type of issue before and seems super stubborn to get it to go away.