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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Blepharitis

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Dr. Damien Luviano Dr. Luviano
Ophthalmology
14 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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What is usual cause of blepharitis? Virus?

What is usual cause of blepharitis? Virus?

Face oil: Normal bacteria that live on your skin such as staph aureous sometimes overgrow because there is an abundance of food. The food is the oil secreted by your skin. The lid margins have oil glands too. Your years need oil to prevent easy evaporation of your tears. Treatment of this condition is lid hygiene with baby shampoo.Sometimes topical antibiotic ointment for gram positive bacteria, bacitracin. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Eyelid Inflammation (Blepharitis) (Definition)

A chronic irritation of the eyelids, which causes redness and matting of the eyelids. It has a variety of causes, ranging from allergy and infection to irritation, as well as skin cancers. It is the most common eye disease. ...Read more


Dr. Jon Fishburn Dr. Fishburn
Ophthalmology
26 years in practice
University of Nevada School of Medicine
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Can 31.25mg Dothiepin a day taken long term for general anxiety disorder cause Meibomian blepharitis?

Can 31.25mg Dothiepin a day taken long term for general anxiety disorder cause Meibomian blepharitis?

Not likely: Indirectly dothepin may increase dry symptoms, which secondarily affects ocular comfort. Dry eyes often affect the lid margins and can contribute to dysfunction of the meibomian glands. Buy to my knowledge, dothepin doesn't primarily affect the functioning of the meibomian gland secretions. ...Read more

Dr. Yale Kanter Dr. Kanter
Ophthalmology
57 years in practice
Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. David Chandler Dr. Chandler
Ophthalmology
29 years in practice
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
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How can I tell if allergies are causing my blepharitis? I've never been diagnosed with an allergy and i haven't started using any new makeup or contact solution either, but i don't know what else could be causing my blepharitis. I don't have rosacea or a

How can I tell if allergies are causing my blepharitis? I've never been diagnosed with an allergy and  i haven't started using any new makeup or contact solution either, but i don't know what else could be causing my blepharitis. I don't have rosacea or a

Usually not allergy: Blepharitis is inflammation or infection typically at the edge of the eyelid (margin) or base of eyelashes. The bacterial (or parasitic) byproducts are what can create an irritation to the lid skin or eye itself which feels like allergy (itching). Contact dermatitis is what is seen with cosmetic allergy, and is usually more like a rash around the eye. The lid skin is very sensitive. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Do styes cause blepharitis?

Do styes cause blepharitis?

Usually it's just th: opposite! Blepharitis can be a cause of plugged meibomian glands (stye). So make sure to manage your blepharitis with warm compresses each morning. ...Read more

Dr. Ilan Cohen Dr. Cohen
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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How does staphylococcus cause blepharitis?

Inflammation: Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition, not an infection. The inflammation comes from the body's response to toxins produced by a heavy population of bacteria on the eyelid. Controlling the population of bacteria by keeping the eyelid clean will reduce the inflammation. ...Read more

Dr. Faramarz Hidaji Dr. Hidaji
Cosmetic Surgery
25 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Can waterproof mascara cause blepharitis? Is it healthy to use?

Can waterproof mascara cause blepharitis?  Is it healthy to use?

Yep!: Water proof mascara contains a derivative of coal tar. Also, bacterial contamination can occur in the bottle. Though this bacteria is usually harmless, it can cause irritation when it enters the tear film, causing burning and eye redness. I would suggest using a natural product from a reputable company like aubrey or jason. ...Read more

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Dr. TAPAN CHAUDHURI Dr. CHAUDHURI
Nuclear Medicine
51 years in practice
University of Calcutta, N. R. S. Medical College
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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Does dry eyes cause blepharitis or belpharitis cause dry eyes?

Blepharitis v. dry: Dry eyes are very common and do not cause blepharitis to occur. Blepharitis, which can interfere with the secretion of essential oils and moistening agents, can lead to some degree of dryness as well. ...Read more

Dr. Colin McCannel Dr. McCannel
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
26 years in practice
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
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Dr. Jeffrey Gold Dr. Gold
Ophthalmology
49 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Can expired eye make up cause blepharitis on your lids?

Can expired eye make up cause blepharitis on your lids?

Absolutely yes: Any liquid product for the eyes, makeup or even prescription or over the counter eyedrops will likely be contaminated after being open for 3 months. ...Read more

Dr. Colin McCannel Dr. McCannel
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
26 years in practice
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
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Does dry eye cause blepharitis or other way around? I have been dx with both years ago, but I go through times with no problems

Does dry eye cause blepharitis or other way around? I have been dx with both years ago, but I go through times with no problems

Neither exactly: blepharitis is basically an overpopulation of bacteria that are normally present at the llid margin. Usually there is microscopic crusting at the bases of the eye lashes. The waste products made by the bacteria can enter the tears and cause irritation, and since dry eye patients have less tears, there is less dilution, so the dry eye irritation is aggravated by a lack of "rinsing." ...Read more

Dr. Cesar Sturla Dr. Sturla
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena
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Dr. Eric Saunders Dr. Saunders
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Can blepharitis cause any permanent affects?

Corneal scarring: Yes, severe untreated blepharitis can long term cause surface corneal scarring, or can lead to styes, which if untreated, can cause eyelid infections, scarring, or lid deformities. Normally though, blepharitis causes chronic intermittent eye irritation, crusting, tearing, and other symptoms. It is usually easily treated with a daily routine of warm compresses and baby shampoo cleansing. ...Read more

Dr. Mitchell Vogel Dr. Vogel
Ophthalmology
26 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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Can blepharitis cause vision impairment?

Can blepharitis cause vision impairment?

Yes: Blepharitis or dandruff of the eyelids can affect the tear film, thus degrading a patients vision. See your eye doctor and good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Ilan Cohen Dr. Cohen
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Is it possible that blepharitis cause contact lens intolerance?

Is it possible that blepharitis cause contact lens intolerance?

Yes: Blepharitis can increase ocular surface inflammation, lead to dryness and change the make-up of the tears. All of these factors can impact contact lens comfort. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Can blepharitis cause hives on body?

Not by itself: If you are taking some products like antibiotics or some other agents to treat the blepharitis, you might get hives from allergy to them. Blepharitis by itself will not induce hives. ...Read more

Dr. Lori Wagner Dr. Wagner
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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Is blepharitis caused by any kind of allergies?

Is blepharitis caused by any kind of allergies?

Sometimes: Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids, which can be due to allergies, infections, gland dysfunction, or other skin disorders such as seborrheic dermatitis or rosacea. Sometimes patients will actually have a contact dermatitis (local allergic reaction) to make-up or even nail polish (transmitted when they rub their eyes). ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Dr. Deepak Raja Dr. Raja
Ophthalmology
14 years in practice
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How long does it take to clear up blepharitis caused by an infection? Will the blepharitis go away as soon as the infection is gone, or does it need more time to heal? .

If : If the cause of your blepharitis is from an infection, then it will feel better after treatment. When it reaches the stage where it becomes symptomatic, blepharitis often requires chronic maintenace therapy or it may flare up. This does not necessarily mean prescription medications--just warm compresses, lid scrubs, lid massages etc. ...Read more

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Eyelid Swelling (Definition)

Eyelid swelling usually refers to any condition that causes inflammation leading the eye to become "puffy" due to edema that is ...Read more