Eyelid Inflammation (Blepharitis)
Eyelid inflammation, Blepharitis, is a common disorder that is often associated with other skin conditions including dandruff. Some believe that Blepharitis is the conditions of seborrhea, acne, and dandruff found simultaneously on the eyelid.
Symptoms of Blepharitis include irritation and redness at the lid margin (the area where the eyelashes attach to the eyelid), oily, dry or flaky eyelid skin, and dandruff at the base of the eyelashes.
There are many types of Blepharitis, these include those related to contact allergies, such as make-up allergies, and bug bites also allergens that can be found on unwashed fingers. Other allergens may include dust, dirt, pollen, smoke, and pet dander. The most common types of Blepharitis are Seborrheic and Staphylococcal.
In the case of staphylococcal blepharitis the skin of the eyelid becomes flaky, the flakes enter the eye mixing with tears, this mix becomes sticky adhering to the lashes and lid. This causes more flakes and a vicious cycle results in irritation and inflammation. The reactions create an environment favorable for staphylococcal growth. Medical treatment is necessary.
Seborrheic blepharitis is the result of seborrhea. Seborrhea disrupts the natural lubricating process of the eye. Oil glands near the base of the eyelashes get clogged and become infected. This is often associated with the skin condition of the same name.
Often the body will resolve blepharitis on its own without intervention. When intervention is necessary warm compresses to loosen flakes are used, as well as a mild baby shampoo to cleanse the area. In some cases, as in staphylococcal blepharitis, antibiotic ointments are used.
Fortunately, blepharitis cannot cause any permanent eye damage, but it can be problematic for many people. Early intervention is best. Contacts can be worn during a blepharitis flare up but should be removed if the condition becomes severe.