Blepharitis is a common inflammatory condition, which affects the eyelids. Usually the patients report burning and redness of the eyelids. In severe cases blepharitis may cause barley, inflammation and irritation of the cornea (keratitis) and conjunctiva (conjunctivitis).

Some patients may not report any symptoms. Blepharitis is usually a chronic problem that can be controlled with extra attention to the eyelids hygiene. Nevertheless, in some cases the eyelids inflammation is caused by the spread of bacteria and require medication.

Blepharitis symptoms

• Foreign body sensation
• Itchy eyes
• Redness and swelling eyelids
• Skin scaling and eyelids
• Dandruff of eyelids

Blepharitis diagnosis

Blepharitis is diagnosed under ophthalmological examination.

Blepharitis treatment

The key for the treatment of blepharitis is to keep your eyelids and eyelashes clean. This can be achieved by soaking the area of eyelids with warm compresses.

The compress, once soaked through, can be placed in the microwave oven for 15-20 seconds. You have to be careful with the time on the microwaves, because each device is different.

You should better place the compress first on the cheek, in order to check the temperature. Remember that we don’t want the compress to be hot!

The compress should be kept on the eyelids for 5 minutes and then you may repeat once more. After this procedure, you can gently rub your eyelids with a clean gauze and use a baby shampoo to wash them.

Then, rinse with warm water carefully.

In case of severe symptoms of blepharitis, the treatment should be repeated two or three times daily for a 2 week period and then reduce the treatment to once daily.

Blepharitis as other diseases cannot be cured completely, but it can be controlled. In some acute and severe cases anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drops or ointments may be administered.

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