Blepharitis symptoms often come and go.
Symptoms of blepharitis include:
- sore eyelids
- itchy eyes
- a gritty feeling in the eyes
- flakes or crusts around the roots of the eyelashes
- red eyes or eyelids
- eyelids sticking together in the morning when you wake up
If you're not sure it's blepharitis
Read more about eyelid problems.
things you can do to treat blepharitis
- clean your eyelids at least once a day
- continue to clean your eyes, even if your symptoms clear up
- do not wear contact lenses while you have symptoms
- do not use eye makeup, especially eyeliner, while you have symptoms
How to clean your eyes
- Soak a clean flannel or cotton wool in warm water and place on your eye for 10 minutes.
- Gently massage your eyelids for around 30 seconds.
- Clean your eyelids using cotton wool or a cotton bud. It might help to use a small amount of baby shampoo in water.
Ask a pharmacist how to treat blepharitis
A pharmacist might suggest things to help keep your eyelids clean, including:
- eye pads and wipes
See a GP if:
- your symptoms do not improve after a few weeks of cleaning your eyelids
Your GP might suggest antibiotic creams or drops. If these do not help after 6 weeks, they may recommend antibiotic tablets.
What causes blepharitis?
Blepharitis can be caused by:
- a type of bacteria that lives on the skin
- a skin condition, such as atopic dermatitis
Blepharitis cannot be spread to other people.