Blepharitis ChicagoBlepharitis is a common and persistent inflammation of the eyelids. Both the upper and lower eyelids become coated with oily particles and bacteria near the base of the eyelashes. This condition frequently occurs in people who have a tendency toward oily skin, dandruff or dry eyes. It may cause irritation, itchiness, redness, and stinging or burning of the eye.

Everyone has bacteria on the surface of their skin, but in some people, bacteria thrive in the skin at the base of the eyelashes. Large amounts of bacteria around the eyelashes can cause dandruff-like scales and particles to form along the lashes and eyelid margins.

Blepharitis is often a chronic condition, but it can be managed with daily warm compresses. This can be accomplished by using a clean, wet washcloth and holding it on the eyelids for several minutes. This can loosen the scales and debris around your eyelashes. It also helps keep the oil glands open, thereby preventing the development of a chalazion or stye an eyelid lump caused by clogged oil secretions in the eyelid. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotic ointment for unresponsive cases.

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