ExitCare ImageBlepharitis is redness, soreness, and swelling (inflammation) of one or both eyelids. It may be caused by an allergic reaction or a bacterial infection. Blepharitis may also be associated with reddened, scaly skin (seborrhea) of the scalp and eyebrows. While you sleep, eye discharge may cause your eyelashes to stick together. Your eyelids may itch, burn, swell, and may lose their lashes. These will grow back. Your eyes may become sensitive. Blepharitis may recur and need repeated treatment. If this is the case, you may require further evaluation by an eye specialist (ophthalmologist).


  • Keep your hands clean.

  • Use a clean towel each time you dry your eyelids. Do not use this towel to clean other areas. Do not share a towel or makeup with anyone.

  • Wash your eyelids with warm water or warm water mixed with a small amount of baby shampoo. Do this twice a day or as often as needed.

  • Wash your face and eyebrows at least once a day.

  • Use warm compresses 2 times a day for 10 minutes at a time, or as directed by your caregiver.

  • Apply antibiotic ointment as directed by your caregiver.

  • Avoid rubbing your eyes.

  • Avoid wearing makeup until you get better.

  • Follow up with your caregiver as directed.


  • You have pain, redness, or swelling that gets worse or spreads to other parts of your face.

  • Your vision changes, or you have pain when looking at lights or moving objects.

  • You have a fever.

  • Your symptoms continue for longer than 2 to 4 days or become worse.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.