Mark D. Weingarten, M.D.
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Blepharitis is a common and persistent inflammation of the eyelids. Symptoms include irritation, itching, and occasionally a red eye. This condition frequently occurs in people who have oily skin, dandruff, or dry eyes. The resulting irritation causes dandruff-like scales and particles to form along the lashes and eyelid margins. Both upper and lower eyelids become coated with oily debris and bacteria near the base of the eyelashes, causing the eye to feel irritated and become inflamed.
Regular, thorough cleansing of the lid margin helps control blepharitis. A warm cloth placed over closed eyelids for five minutes will help to soften crusts and loosen oily debris. Another alternative is to use a mild baby shampoo or a prepared eyelid cleansing solution with a cotton ball, cotton swab, or clean cloth to gently scrub the lids for about two minutes. Thoroughly rinse the eyelids and pat dry. Many medications are available for treatment but are not sufficient without the daily cleansing routine. When required, your physician may prescribe antibiotics to control any other associated bacterial infections.