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Keeping Your Eyelids Clean

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 commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, specific sorts of skin conditions, or dry eyes.

Common symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in the eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. It can be difficult to deal with, because it's usually chronic.

The good news is that there are several steps you can take to treat blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. Begin by applying a warm towel to the outside of your eye to facilitate loosening the crust that may have formed on your eyelids and eyelashes before you go ahead and clean your eyes. The heat from the compress will also help remove any blocked residue in the glands that secrete oil to your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you might need to use the compress several times throughout the day for about five minutes every time. Afterwards, you can apply the compress once daily for a few minutes.

Cleaning your eyelids is fundamental to treating blepharitis, so you should use a proper lid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Make sure to gently massage your outer eyelids and wash any residue away when you're done.

Although unpleasant, blepharitis is not contagious and generally, doesn't lead to any long-term harm to your eyesight, so have a talk with your eye care professional about the most effective way to keep your lids clean and healthy.