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Blepharitis

DESCRIPTION: A common, chronic, bilateral inflammation of the lid margins; may be staphylococcal (ulcerative) or seborrheic (non-ulcerative), or a combination of the two; may run a chronic course over a period of months or years if not treated adequately. The seborrheic type is associated with dandruff. Symptoms are itching, burning, irritation, and scaly appearance of the lid margins. Conjunctivitis, mild keratitis, chalazions and hordeola may be complications.

TREATMENT: Scalp, eyebrows, and lid margins must be kept clean and scales removed daily. Antibiotics or sulfonamide ointments are possible medications.

IMPLICATIONS: Good personal hygiene and immediate/adequate medical care are essential for the prevention and treatment.

 

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