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Blepharitis

Blepharitis is where the edges of your eyelids become red and swollen.

Symptoms of blepharitis include sore eyelids, itchy eyes and a gritty feeling in the eyes.

You can usually treat blepharitis by cleaning your eyelids every day. If that does not work, a GP may prescribe antibiotic creams or drops.

Blepharitis can be caused by a type of bacteria living on your skin, or a skin condition like dermatitis.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of blepharitis include sore eyelids, itchy eyes and a gritty feeling in the eyes.

Check if you have blepharitis

Blepharitis symptoms often come and go.

Symptoms of blepharitis include:

Closed eye with flakes of skin and crusts along the eyelid and eyelashes.

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You can usually treat blepharitis by cleaning your eyelids every day. If that does not work, a GP may prescribe antibiotic creams or drops.

Self-care


Do

  • clean your eyelids at least once a day
  • continue to clean your eyes, even if your symptoms clear up

Don't

  • do not wear contact lenses while you have symptoms
  • do not use eye makeup, especially eyeliner, while you have symptoms

How to clean your eyes

  1. Soak a clean flannel or cotton wool in warm water and place on your eye for 10 minutes.
  2. Gently massage your eyelids for around 30 seconds.
  3. Clean your eyelids using cotton wool or a cotton bud. It might help to use a small amount of baby shampoo in water.

Medical treatments

Your GP might suggest antibiotic creams or drops. If these do not help after 6 weeks, they may recommend antibiotic tablets.

Read more on the NHS website.

Blepharitis can be caused by a type of bacteria living on your skin, or a skin condition like dermatitis.

Read more on the NHS website.