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Symptoms and Signs of Eyelid Inflammation (Blepharitis) Pictures, Causes, Home Rmedies, and Treatment

Doctor's Notes on Eyelid Inflammation (Blepharitis) Pictures, Causes, Home Rmedies, and Treatment

Blepharitis is an inflammation and irritation of the eyelids, which causes redness and swelling. Causes of blepharitis range from allergies and infections to irritation, as well as skin cancers.

Symptoms of blepharitis include eye itching, irritation, burning, dry eyes, increased tearing, and the sensation of “something in the eye." Contact lens wearers may feel their lenses are irritating and they cannot wear them for long periods. Other symptoms include eyelid redness and non-healing ulcers that may bleed. Vision problems may result from problems tearing. In advanced cases there may be eyelid redness, warmth, and swelling.

In infectious blepharitis yellow- or green-colored fluid/discharge may cause sticking of the eyelids, especially in the morning. With the most common seborrheic form of blepharitis, dry, flaky patches of skin may develop. In some cases, blepharitis may localize in the skin of the eyelids causing a sty or a chalazion.

In allergic blepharitis, the lids may appear dark like raccoon eyes.

Medical Author: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019


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