Bacterial blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid due to bacteria.
Small oil and sweat glands along the edge of the eyelids and eyelashes are
vulnerable to bacteria and often become infected.
Symptoms include red eye lid margins, burning, or dry irritation to the eye or
eyelids. You may see crusty deposits at the base of the eyelashes.
Sometimes even a loss of some eyelashes.
medication is usually necessary. However, to avoid a reoccurance, warm
lid scrubs on a daily basis may be necessary in order to keep the eyelids and
lashes clean and healthy.
Yes, a bacterial infection can be contagious. The degree of how
contagious will depend on the bacterial strain causing the infection. It
is best to wash your hands often, and avoid touching the eyelids with your
fingers. It is also best not to share towels and facecloths or pillows.
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(Information from Optometric Practice Information Systems)