Blepharitis: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Prevention

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What is Blepharitis?

Blepharatis is a common condition that involves the drying, swelling, reddening and itching of the eyes. Other symptoms like having the eyes become flaky may also occur. It is usually caused by bacteria or by your eyelid glands becoming blocked causing this area to become inflamed. Although blephritis is not a serious ailment, neither is it contagious, it is chronic and may recur if proper preventive measures are not done.

What are the Causes of Blepharitis?

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Blepharitis is usually caused by bacteria. So it is always important to stress that removing any eye makeup before going to sleep is detrimental to the health of your eye area. Aside from bacteria, blepharitis may also be caused by the oil glands in your eyelash area. When these glands produce too much or too little oil, your eyes could either become dry and flaky or swell up and become inflamed.

Symptoms

Listed below are symptoms that should lead you to believe that you have blepharitis.

  • The skins on the eyelids become flaky
  • The eye area is itchy
  • Redness of the eyelids
  • The feeling of having something constantly stuck in your eye
  • Your eyes are red
  • Inflammation (swelling) of the eyelash area

In more serious cases of blepharitis due to an infection, the eye area could also produce a yellow colored discharge. The eyes could also become sensitive to light and because of the weakening of the eye area, your vision may also become blurry.
Pain is usually not a factor in symptoms for blepharitis but if present along with the other symptoms herein mentioned, one must seek medical attention immediately.

What is the Best Treatment for Blepharitis?

For people that wear contacts, it is probably best to set it aside until the blepharitis subsides. Eye contacts may further infect the eye area.

Proper Hygiene

This is the best way to treat and to prevent blepharitis. It is always important to stay clean to avoid infections in the body; this rule still applies for the eyelash area. Always remember to wash your eye area before going to sleep to remove mascara, eye shadows or any other eye makeup you may have on during the day. This is to avoid having these foreign bodies rub into your eyes while you are asleep. Also keep your hands away from your eyes. Avoid constantly rubbing your eye area. Bacteria from your hands may transfer to your sensitive eye region.

Also always remember to use clean mascara wands, eyelash curlers and eye makeup brushes since these could be potential breeding grounds for bacteria that could worsen your blepharitis.

Warm Compresses

A warm compress can remove the flakes and debris in your eye area and may also remove excessive oil which caused the blepharitis in the first place. The warm compress will also soothe the itchiness and swelling of your eye area if there is any.

Just use a clean wash cloth and put some warm water on it. Apply it to the eye area for two or three times until your eye area begins to feel relief.

Doctor Recommended Ointments

If your blepharitis is of a more serious nature, going to the doctor may be the best remedy. The doctor will prescribe you with an ointment to ease the symptoms. Always remember to apply these ointments using clean hands or a clean q-tip or cotton balls to ensure that no foreign objects will be transmitted to your already infected eye area.

Scrubbing Your Eyelash Area

Eyelid scrubbing can help relieve the eye area of the flaky discharge that often accompanies blepharitis. Using a clean q-tip or wash cloth dipped in warm water, gently rub the eye area to remove the discharge. Careful not to rub too hard or to rub each eyelid for more than 15 seconds since this area is raw and sensitive because of the infection.

Nutritional Therapy

Research has shown that a lack of omega fatty acids may also be the cause of the abnormal production of oil in the eyelash area. Asking for professional help on this matter is important as these professionals can clarify what food to eat and what food to avoid in order to restore proper balance in your body.

Is There any Prevention to be Taken Care?

Blepharitis is not usually a onetime thing. It is more commonly a chronic disorder that may recur if the eyelash area is not properly maintained. It is important to maintain proper hygiene to avoid a future reoccurrence of blepharitis.

Always remember to keep you face clean. Washing your face before bedtime is of utmost importance. Also, keeping your hands away from your eyes is important so that any dirt from your hands will not be transmitted to the eye area.

Also, when you are healing from blepharitis, make sure to change makeup products because it could have been your makeup that was causing the infection.

Blepharitis can be an uneasy and uncomfortable infection of the eye area but with the proper measures this can be avoided.

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Expert Author : Andrea Moore (Consumer Health Digest)

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