Also known as lid margin disease, blepharitis is chronic inflammation of the eyelids and quite common, especially in people who have...
Also known as lid margin disease, blepharitis is chronic inflammation of the eyelids and quite common, especially in people who have oily skin, dandruff or dry eyes. Symptoms can include irritation, itching, stinging and red eyes. Sometimes, the bacteria that reside normally on skin grow at the base of eyelashes making the oil glands nearby overreact and causing dandruff-like scaling along the lashes and eyelids.
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Recommended Fix: Daily Hygiene
You can control blepharitis with simple, at-home steps. Twice a day, place a warm, wet washcloth over your closed eyes to loosen scales or debris. Softening the glands and the oil secretions also helps prevent the formation of chalazions, inflamed lumps in eyelid oil glands or styes, red tender bumps caused by infections. Then, take your finger and a thin wet washcloth, cotton swab or lint-free cloth and gently scrub the base of your eyelashes for a few seconds. This daily cleansing is key.
I also recommend artificial tears to relieve dry eye symptoms, antibiotics (oral or topical) to decrease the eyelid bacteria, or steroids (short term) to decrease inflammation.