Itchy Eyelids and Bloodshot Eyes – What To Do?

Itchy EyelidsAre your friends running in fear on account of your grotesque looking peepers? Do you find people look at you like you are carrying the bubonic plague? Unfortunately, most people think conjunctivitis (pink eye) is the only eye condition in existence with visible symptoms. Therefore if you have a weepy eye, or bloodshot eyes symptoms, your friends may run and scream when they pass you in the hallway. While pink eye condition is extremely common and easily spread from one person to the next, it’s not the only source of itchy eyelids.

Blepharitis symptoms can mimic those of pink eye but it is not conjunctivitis. Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelid and it can be caused by bacteria, or by an existing condition such as rosacea. Broken blood vessels and allergies can cause red swollen eyelid problems along with itchy eyelids.

According to WebMD, some of the most common symptoms of the condition are itchy eyelids, blurry vision, foreign body sensation inside eyes, sensitivity to light and redness around eyelids. The treatment is merely focused on managing the symptoms and at this point there’s no cure available.

So once you have determined that something is amiss with your eyes, what do you do? Well, for starters, determine if your eye issues are minor or major. If you have more puss in your eye than you do cream in your coffee, you need to get to a doctor because you probably do have pinkeye and a logical cause for your itchy eyelids. If your eyes are blood shot, and it looks like a broken blood vessel, remember that they might look horribly scary but in most cases they are not a medical emergency. If you have a rash on eyelids and recently spent time with a cat that you were allergic to, you might have nothing to worry about.

In all cases, the most important things to do are to remember that no matter how intense the sensation you have on your itchy eyelids, to try not to rub or scratch them. Additionally, remember to see a physician if you are in doubt about the source of your eye symptoms or the level of severity.

In some individuals with recurrent blepharitis and itchy eyelids, the condition might be chronic and require daily care. Warm compresses applied twice daily according to Dr. Weil help loosen any crust or dandruff that may have accumulated in between your eyelashes. Using calendula ointment rubs all over eyelids may help soothe and disinfect itchy eyelids. Black tea bag compresses applied over eyes also are quite helpful in managing this condition. Dr. Weil anti-inflammatory diet may help cut out major dietary allergens that may trigger the exacerbation of the symptoms and strengthen immunity.

Lastly, remember that eye pain is rarely normal. If you are experiencing eye pain you should see your eye doctor as soon as possible. If you have eye paid and any other visible symptoms, you may want to go immediately to an emergency room. Your eyes are precious and proper medical care combined with early detection of serious eye issues will ensure a lifetime of good eye health.