Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Blepharitis Infectious Home Care

Home care for infectious blepharitis includes:

  • Avoid rubbing your eyes.
  • Avoid using eye makeup.
  • Wash your hands after touching your face.
  • Rinse your eyes three times per day:
    • Use saltwater eye drops.
  • Clean your eyelashes and eyelids with a warm wet compress 3 times day:
    • Use a clean washcloth each time to avoid spreading an infection.
    • Gently scrub the eyelid edges with diluted baby shampoo and water.
  • Do not share towels, washcloths, or eye drops with anyone who has an eye infection.
  • Do not use nonprescription eye drops.
  • If you wear contact lenses:
    • Do not wear your contact lenses until the infection is completely gone.
    • Discard contacts and eye solutions that were used before the infection started.
  • Use the eye drops or eye ointment as directed.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Blepharitis Infectious Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have infectious blepharitis and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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