Blepharitis Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment
What is Blepharitis?
An inflammation that tends to affect your eyelids is medically termed as belpharitis. The condition mostly involves the eyelid part where your eyelashes grow. In addition to this, blepharitis normally occurs when the oil glands which are located close to your eyelashes base malfunction. Consequently, leading irritates, itchy and inflames eyelids. Some conditions and diseases can cause the condition. Often, it is chronic, which means it is quite hard to treat. The condition may look unattractive and be very uncomfortable, however it does not tend to cause lasting damage to the eyesight.
What are the Symptoms of Blepharitis?
- Red eyes.
- Watery eyes.
- A burning, gritty sensation in your eye.
- Swollen, red eyelids.
- Itchy eyelids.
- Sticking eyelid.
- Frequent blinking.
- Eyelids that looks greasy.
- Eyelashes loss.
- Light sensitivity.
- Skin flaking around your eyes.
- Abnormally growing eyelashes.
- Crusted eyelashes after a nap.
When is the high time to consult a doctor?
In case you notice above mentioned symptoms that does not tend to get improve in spite of good hygiene, (care and cleaning of the area that is affected), make a call for an appointment.
What are the Causes of Blepharitis?
The answer to the question that what exactly causes blepharitis, is yet unclear. However few factors associated with its development include:
- Bacterial infection.
- Rosacea– (facial redness)
- Seborrheic dermatitis– (eyebrows and scalp dandruff).
- Oil glands malfunctioning in the eyelid.
- Eyelash lice or mites.
- Particular medication.
- Allergies such as allergic reaction due to eye makeup, contact lens solutions or eye medications.
The condition can be caused due to the combination of such factors.
What are the complications?
In case of having the condition, one can also experience:
- Falling or abnormally growing eyelashes.
- Eyelids scarring.
- Dry eyes or excess tearing.
- Wearing contact lenses can be difficult.
- Cornea injury.
- Chronic pink eye.
How is Blepharitis Diagnosed?
- Procedures and test used for diagnosing the condition include:
- Swabbing the affected skin (crust or oil formed on the eyelid) for testing.
How is Blepharitis Treated?
The treatments of blepharitis include:
- Regularly cleaning the area that is affected.
- Steroid ointments or eye drops.
- Artificial tears.
- Treating the causal conditions.
Blapharitis hardly disappears entirely. Even with effective treatment, the condition tends to relapses.
- In case of having the condition, following certain self-care remedies at least one a day:
For few minutes, put a warm compress on the closed eye in order to slacken the crusty deposits.
- Now, take a moistened washcloth (with some baby shampoo drops and warm water) to clean away any scales or debris at the eyelashes base.
- Rinse the eyelid using warm water, pat gently with a dry, clean towel. You must continue the treatment till you notice the symptoms disappear.
*Remember, you must strictly control dandruff.
By : Natural Health News