Blepharitis

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Blepharitis is an infection of the eyelids. It is very common, and it is frequently a permanent condition. Once it is present, it may be impossible to clear,  but the severity may change over time. In some cases, the symptoms can disappear for long time periods, months or years, before returning.

 

 

 

 Eyelash mattering with blepharitis

 

 

 

 

There are three main types of blepharitis: bacterial, seborrheic, and allergic..

 

 

Bacterial

The bacterial type of blepharitis can be caused from a number of different sources, such as sleeping on infected bedding and sleeping bags, rubbing the eyelid with dirty hands, of dust blowing infected material into the eyes.

Staphylococcus or streptococcus bacterial infection commonly begins in childhood and continues throughout adulthood. Common symptoms include scales around the bases of the lashes, crusting,  itching, and chronic redness at the lid margin. Dilated blood vessels, loss of lashes, styes, and chalazia may also occur.

 

Treatment is very important. In addition to eliminating the redness and soreness, treatment can prevent potential infection and scarring of the cornea and conjunctiva.

 

Blepharitis can be controlled by careful cleaning of your eye lashes every day. This can be accomplished with warm water and mild shampoo (such as baby (no-more-tears) shampoo). Once the redness and soreness are under control, this cleaning may be decreased from daily to twice weekly. However, if the symptoms return, daily cleansing must be resumed immediately. Medication is of secondary importance in the treatment. In some cases eye drops or ointment will be prescribed to be used along with the daily cleansing. However, medication alone is not sufficient; keeping the eyelids clean is essential. Warm, moist compresses can also help relieve the symptoms of blepharitis when used in conjunction with regular eyelid cleansing.

 

Seborrheic

 

In the seborrheic type, control of dandruff is important.

Seborrhea is a symptom of overactive glands which can cause greasy, waxy scales to accumulate along the eyelid margins and cause the cheeks to become rosey. Seborrhea may be a part of an overall skin disorder that affects other areas. Hormones, nutrition, dandruff, general physical condition, and stress are all factors in seborrhea.

 

Allergic

 

There is another type of blepharitis which is due to an allergic reaction. This appearance is very characteristic. There is a brownish-red appearance to the lids. Sometimes there is a fine scaling over this area call eczemoid scaling. It is is shown in the following photo. Treatment for this condition is significantly different than for bacterial or seborrheic blepharitis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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