Blepharitis causes red, swollen and itchy eyelids. It can normally be treated by washing your eyelids every day. The condition is not usually serious, but can lead to other problems, such as dry eyes, cysts and conjunctivitis, especially if it's not treated.
Blepharitis symptoms often come and go.
Symptoms of blepharitis include:
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clean your eyelids at least once a day
continue to clean your eyes, even if your symptoms clear up
do not wear contact lenses while you have symptoms
do not use eye makeup, especially eyeliner, while you have symptoms
A pharmacist might suggest things to help keep your eyelids clean, including:
Your GP might suggest antibiotic creams or drops. If these do not help after 6 weeks, they may recommend antibiotic tablets.
Blepharitis can be caused by:
Blepharitis cannot be spread to other people.