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Looking at Eyelid Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis, is something that a lot of people suffer from at some point during their lives. Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an existing bacterial eye infection, certain sorts of skin conditions, or dry eyes.

Usually, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of a foreign body in the eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. Blepharitis can be problematic to manage, as it's usually chronic.

The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to take control of blepharitis and maintain healthy eye hygiene. A good first step is to place a warm towel to the outside of your eye to help the crust begin to loosen prior to cleaning them. The heat from the compress will also dislodge any blocked residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. In the first stage of treatment, you might need to do this several times every day for approximately five minutes each time. When things clear up a bit, you may only need to use the compress one time per day, just for a few minutes.

Properly cleaning your eyelids is essential to blepharitis treatment, so it's best to use a commercial lid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. You want to gently massage your outer eyelids and wash any residue away when you're done.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis isn't actually contagious at all and largely, does not lead to any permanent harm to your vision, so call your O. D. about how to keep your lids clean and healthy.