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Blepharitis Information - Types of Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a common and chronic infection of the eyelids that causes it to be inflamed, especially around the margins. It is also known as dry eye. Blepharitis is more considered as a skin disease rather than an eye disease. Other symptoms of blepharitis include redness, irritation and itching in the eyelids, constant and excessive tearing, a burning sensation, dry eyes, crusty debris in the eyelids upon awakening in the morning, sensitivity to light, and one or both eyes can be affected. Blepharitis usually recurs, which is why although it is not fatal, those who suffer from it need to maintain a daily routine that will fight the germ of the staphylococcus aureus.

There are two types of blepharitis: One is anterior blepharitis, which means that the outside fronts of the eyelids near the eyelashes are affected. The main causes for anterior blepharitis are bacteria and dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis, also known as dandruff, is a kind of anterior blepharitis which affects 2/3 of those suffering from anterior blepharitis. This type affects the eyebrows, eyelids, scalp, and face, causing extreme oily secretions, scaly skin, itching and burning. Seborrheic dermatitis affects babies below 3 months, and adults over 30 as well as those above 60.

There are many natural home remedies one can use to treat dandruff. The tops and roots of beets can be used by boiling it in hot water, although white beets are better. The mixture should be massaged into the scalp daily, and can be slept with and washed off the next day. A teaspoon of fresh lime can also be used as a last rinse after regular rinsing of the hair. Fenugreek seeds can also be used, by using two tablespoons of the seeds soaked in water for about 12 hours. Afterwhich, it can be made into a paste and can be applied on the affected areas for one hour. Then rinse off with a soap-nut solution.

Posterior blepharitis, on the other hand, affects the inner or back of the eyelids and is more commonly occuring. This is the area that has contact with the eyes, and is usually caused by problems with the oil glands in the area. There have been two named causes for this type of blepharitis: acne rosacea and dandruff.  A symptom of blepharitis caused by acne rosacea is when the skin surrounding the abscess is red.


How to Treat Blepharitis? - Blepharitis Home Remedies

A typical routine to ensure prevention of blepharitis recurring consists of applying warm compress daily to the eyelids three to five times a day. Make sure to use only warm water, and warm the towel if it gets cold again. The warm compress aids in loosening eyelash crusts for easier removal, loosen clogs in the oil glands, and alleviate the burning and itching. After the compress, wash the eyelids in a mixture of two or three drops of baby shampoo in half a cup of warm water. Use a clean cotton swab and cleanse the eyelids and lashes, then rinse off with warm water. If you are suffering from acne rosacea, consult your physician on what treatments would be best.

Massaging of the eyelids also helps in loosening oil gland blocks, and minimize any inflammation. Carefully do this by using the warm compress, focusing on the edges of the eyelids, and going in a small circular motion for five to ten seconds. Part of maintaining good eye hygiene to prevent recurring blepharitis is also avoiding usage of eye makeup. Using anti-dandruff shampoo on the scalp and eyebrows also helps.

Lastly, although blepharitis is not life-threatening, the chronic character of the disease can be an impediment to those suffering. Consistent hygiene is crucial to preventing recurrence.