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Blepharitis

Condition Basics

What is blepharitis?

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.

What are the symptoms?

If you have blepharitis:

In some cases, symptoms may be more severe.

How is it diagnosed?

The doctor will look at your eyes, eyelids, and eyelashes with a lighted tool.

How is blepharitis treated?

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.

Credits

Current as of: April 29, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine