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Inflammation of the Eyelid

Blepharitis (Latin name)

By Bjarne Lühr Hansen PhD, MD and Philipp Skafte-Holm MD, Mentor Institute

Inflammation of the eyelids appears as redness,  soreness and scaling. With some, it is a skin diseasewith a scaly eczema on the forehead / scalp that has spread to the eyelid.

If the hair follicles of the eyelashes are attacked by bacteria the condition is further complicated.

Allergy of for example mascara can also cause inflammation of the eyelid. In severe cases the eyelid can become filled with sores and the eyelashes thin out.

The skin scales and/or the eyelashes can enter the eye and cause irritation of the mucous membrane of the eye.

Inflammation of the eyelid is common. The signs of infection of the eyelid are redness, swelling, smarting, itching and possibly lacrimation. Difficulties with reading can arise in the case of heavy lacrimation.

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What can you do?

You should make sure to have good eye hygiene by removing scales from the eyelid, both in the morning and the evening. At the pharmacy there are remedies to soften the scales that can be bought over the counter. Baby shampoo can also be used for that purpose. Bathing of the eyes is performed with clean tap water where swap and cotton pad are moistened and rubbed along the eyelashes. Remember always to wash your hands before and after the treatment. The treatment is lengthy and in some cases lifelong. If you also have dandruff, often the condition can be improved when you have overcome the dandruff by washing the hair and the scalp with medicinal dandruff shampoo.

Contact the doctor tomorrow

If these recommendations do not yield a result within two weeks, you should seek a doctor. The doctor can prescribe ointments with antibiotics to rub on the margin of the eyelid. If you suspect a skin disease, the doctor can refer you to a dermatologist.

Contact the doctor immediately

If the doctor’s treatment does not work, the ophthalmologist can examine you closer and possibly treat with an ointment that contains corticosteroid.