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Viral Blepharitis Overview

Another name for Viral Blepharitis is Blepharitis Infectious.

What is blepharitis?
A person with blepharitis has irritation and swelling of the eyelids. This may be due to a viral infection, bacterial infection, or a chronic skin condition. Possible infectious causes of blepharitis include streptococcus, staphylococcus, Candida (fungi), and viruses. Causes of chronic blepharitis include seborrheic dermatitis and rosacea.

What are the symptoms of blepharitis?
Symptoms of blepharitis depend on the underlying cause and may include eyelid redness, itching, scaling, crusting, and blisters.

How does the doctor treat blepharitis?
Treatment for blepharitis depends on the underlying cause and may include regular eyelid cleansing, warm compresses, antibiotic eyedrops, and antibiotic ointment.

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Last Updated: May 12, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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