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What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a condition that occurs when bacteria builds up and takes the shape of oily flakes at the baseline of your eyelashes. Your eyelids will appear red and swollen, and occasionally feel like there’s a burning sensation that you can’t seem to get rid of. It is a common condition and is mostly found in those that had oily skin, frequent dandruff shedding, or dry eyes.

Blepharitis is caused by bacteria that sits on your skin, some people tend to secrete more bacteria than others, especially with those that already have issues with the oil glands in their eyes. If you fall into the category of oily skin, dry eyes, or if your body produces too much dandruff, you may want to rethink your current hygiene routines. It is extremely important to keep your eyelids, skin, and hair clean at all times. You can use a baby shampoo or other gentle formulas to gently scrub the eyelids/eyelashes when you notice that they are beginning to crust over.

How is Blepharitis treated?

Blepharitis can be controlled but unfortunately, there is no found cure (yet).

Warm compresses can be helpful, and also fairly soothing. Wet a clean washcloth with warm water, and write it out until it’s become dry. If you place the washcloth over your closed eye for at least a minute, it’ll help to loosen the flakes sticking around your eyelashes. Warm compresses also can help prevent your glands from clogging further in the future.  Eyelid scrubs are also a good added benefit when it comes to cleaning the bacteria out of your eye, a lint-free pad or a Q Tip Swab will surely do the trick.

If all else fails, your ophthalmologist may recommend antibiotics. Topical solutions include medicated eye drops, erythromycin, or even bacitracin. Medicated eye drops can reduce redness, swelling, and even dry eye.

To prevent further discomfort, be sure to keep up with your hygiene in all areas like washing your eyelashes every day with baby shampoo (or something mild as such), washing your hair, scalp, and eyebrows all with an antibacterial shampoo.

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