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Swollen Upper Eyelids Causes And Treatment

Swollen upper eyelids are a sign of various medical conditions related to the eye and eyelids such as blepharitis, conjunctivitis or contact dermatitis and the best way to prevent developing such a symptom is to follow a proper face and hands hygiene.

Blepharitis is the most common inflammation of the eyelids that causes itchy swollen eyelids. The common causes of blepharitis are bacteria that grown excessively on the skin and sometimes by allergies. It is important to identify correctly the cause of the condition in order to treat it effectively. The red swollen eyelids and the itchy swollen eyelids are one of the first signs of blepharitis. Patients may also feel like they have something in the eye or they may feel a burning sensation of the eye. Most of the patients are sensitive to light, have blurry vision and dry eyes.

Blepharitis is not a curable condition but it can be prevented and treated with proper eyelid hygiene. Most of the time, blepharitis can be taken care of at home but if the condition is worsening one should call his or her doctor. Left untreated, blepharitis can lead to more serious conditions of the eye such as scarring or injury to the eye’s tissue. Treating blepharitis at home includes placing a washcloth soaked in very warm water over the closed eyes for five minutes. This helps to soften crusts. Also, one could try placing a warm and wet washcloth over the index finger and cleansing the eyes with a diluted solution of 50% baby shampoo or mild soap. If there is no visible improvement, antibiotic ointments are recommended to be prescribed by a doctor.

The red swollen eyelids which are also itchy can be a sign of contact dermatitis which is most of the time caused by an allergy to a new make up or soap and treating it is normally as easy as staying away from the substance that caused the allergy. The first step in treating contact dermatitis and its symptoms is washing off the product and stop using it.

Conjunctivitis can also cause red, itchy and swollen eyelids but because it affects the eye, the same symptoms will be visible on the eye. Conjunctivitis is normally caused by an allergy, viral or bacterial infection and it treated only by a doctor. There is no home remedy for conjunctivitis. Generally, the bacterial conjunctivitis is treated with antibiotic drops or ointments prescribed by a specialists. Conjunctivitis caused by allergies is treated with artificial tears to sooth the eye and cool compresses and viral conjunctivitis has no treatment but its symptoms are managed the same way as in the case of allergic conjunctivitis.

All these conditions may be prevented by following a proper hygiene. One should never leave make up on during sleep and avoid rubbing the eyes with unwashed fingers or dirty handkerchiefs. The swollen eyelids are usually a result of overgrowths of bacteria that normally live on the skin and keeping the face and hands clean is the best someone could do in order to avoid having swollen upper eyelids.