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Looking at Eyelid Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis, is something that many people experience at some point during their lives. It's a common eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, some types of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms.

Usually, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in your eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. The condition can often be tricky to manage, as it's usually chronic.

The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to deal with blepharitis and guarantee that your eyes stay clean and healthy. Start with putting a warm washcloth to your closed eyelid to allow the crust around your eyes and eyelashes to gently be removed before you go ahead and clean your eyes. The warmth from the compress will also help dislodge any clogged residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. When you begin treatment, you might need to apply a warm compress several times a day for about 5 minutes. Afterwards, you can apply the compress for a few minutes, once a day.

Thorough eyelid washing is a necessary part of treating blepharitis, so it's best to use a proper eyelid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Be sure to gently massage the outside of your eyelids and wash any residue away when you're done.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis isn't contagious and generally, doesn't cause any permanent harm to your eyesight, so make an appointment with your eye care professional about how to make sure your eyelids are clean and healthy.