Eyelid Inflammation (Blepharitis) Glossary of Terms

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Acute: Of abrupt onset, in reference to a disease. Acute often also connotes an illness th...

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Allergen: A substance that can cause an allergic reaction. Common allergens include ragwee...

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Allergy: A misguided reaction to foreign substances by the immune system, the body system ...

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Antibiotic: A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms. ...

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Antidepressants: Anything, and especially a drug, used to prevent or treat depression.

Bacteria: Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) ...

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Blepharitis: Inflammation of the eyelids. Blepharitis occurs in two forms, anterior and po...

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Chalazion: A cyst of the little glands in the eyelids that make a lubricant which they di...

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Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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Compress: Cloth or another material applied under pressure to an area of the skin and held...

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Cortisone: A naturally occurring adrenocorticoid hormone that is produced in minute amount...

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Dandruff: A scalp condition that produces white flakes that may be shed and fall from the ...

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Discharge: 1.The flow of fluid from part of the body, such as from the nose or vag...

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Dry eye: A deficiency of tears. The main symptom is usually a scratchy or sandy feeling as...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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Eyelid: The lid or cover of the eye, a movable fold of skin and muscle that can be closed ...

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Fatty acids: Molecules that are long chains of lipid-carboxylic acid found in fats and oil...

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Glaucoma: A common eye condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eyes rises becaus...

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Hygiene: The science of preventive medicine and the preservation of health. Also commonly ...

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Incision: A cut through skin or other tissue performed by a health care professional.

Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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Itching: An uncomfortable sensation in the skin that feels as if something is crawling on ...

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Laboratory: A place for doing tests and research procedures, and for preparing chemicals a...

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Microscope: An optical instrument that augments the power of the eye to see small objects....

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Ocular: Having to do with the eye.

Omega-3 fatty acids: A class of fatty acids found in fish oils, especially from salmon and...

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Ophthalmologist: A physician who practices ophthalmology.

Ophthalmology: The art and science of eye ?medicine.

Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Prescription: A physician's order for the preparation and administration of a drug or dev...

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Recurrence: The return of a sign, symptom, or disease after a remission. The reappearance ...

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Scrubs: A protective garment designed to be worn by the doctor, nurse, and others in the o...

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Sensation: In medicine and physiology, sensation refers to the registration of an incoming...

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Sore: 1. (adjective) A popular term for painful, such as a sore throat. 2. (...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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Systemic: Affecting the entire body. A systemic disease such as diabetes can affect the wh...

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Tear: A drop of the salty secretion of the lacrimal glands which serves to moisten the con...

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Tear film: The liquid layer bathing the cornea and conjunctiva. It creates a perfectly smo...

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Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

Topical: Pertaining to a particular surface area. For example, a topical agent is applied ...

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