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Prognosis,Complications of Blepharitis and what can be done to treat it.

Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids. Signs and symptoms of blepharitis include red, irritated, itchy eyelids, and the formation of dandruff-like scales on the eyelashes.

Ignorance and no treatment can cause some complications in case of blepharitis :
Sty: A bacterial infection in one of the oil glands. The opening of the gland is clogged. You can feel a painful lump on the edge or inside of your eyelid.
Chalazion: It occurs when a blockage in one of the oil glands causes that gland to become enlarged and scarred.
Chronic pink eye: Blepharitis can lead to recurrent bouts of pink eye (conjunctivitis).
Ulceration of the cornea: Ulcer can be caused to develop on your cornea due to constant irritation from inflamed eyelids or misdirected eyelashes.

Good hygiene and regular cleaning of the area can control signs and symptoms of blepharitis and prevent complications. It can be done through :
– Warm Compress : Soak a clean, soft cloth with warm water and place the cloth over the closed eye. The frequency of this treatment should be confirmed by the doctor. The warmth in it can open up a blocked residue.
– Eyelid cleaning : Soak a clean cloth into the cleansing solution (recommended by the doctor) and wipe the cloth over the eyelashes and margin of the lids and then gently wash the eye with cold water.
Change the cloth, and repeat the process for the other eye.
– Antibiotic ointment : Using a clean fingertip or cotton swab, gently apply a small amount at the base of the eyelashes before bedtime. Artificial tears or steroid eye drops may also be prescribed temporarily to relieve dry eye or inflammation.
– Eye make up should be avoided or immediately removed.
– If the eyes are dry, lubricating eyedrops or artificial tears may help.

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