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Blepharitis (say "bleh-fuh-RY-tus") is a skin problem that affects the eyelids and lashes. It may be caused by bacteria or by other skin conditions such as dandruff, skin allergies, or eczema.
If you have blepharitis, you're also more likely to get styes.
If you have blepharitis:
In some cases, symptoms may be more severe.
The doctor will look at your eyes, eyelids, and eyelashes with a lighted tool.
You can often do things at home to feel better. For example, washing your eyelids or using artificial tears can help. You may need antibiotics to treat some types of blepharitis. If you have eye pain or a lot of swelling and redness, you may need to see a doctor for treatment.
Current as of:
January 24, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: January 24, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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