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Blepharitis

Blepharitis refers to inflammation of the eyelids, particularly at the lid margins. It is a common disorder and may be associated with low-grade bacterial infection or a generalized skin condition such as rosacea or seborrhea.

Symptoms of blepharitis include eye irritation, burning, tearing, foreign body sensation, crusty debris, dryness and red eyelid margins. Blepharitis can be detected during a routine eye examination.

Treatment can sometimes be difficult as the condition has a tendency to reoccur. It includes warm compresses to the eyelids, cleansing eyelids with diluted baby shampoo or over- the- counter antibiotic wipes or foams. In severe cases, prescription medication may be necessary to alleviate the condition.

The following hygiene regimen may be useful:

Fill a small glass with warm water. Add a few drops of baby shampoo. Take a clean cotton ball and soak it in the solution. Gently scrub both eyelids for one or two minutes with your eyes closed. Rinse with tap water. Gently dry with a clean towel.

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