How To Remedy Eczema on Your Eyelids

Eczema is a common condition that makes skin inflamed, red, and itchy. Known as atopic dermatitis in the medical world, eczema is common in babies and children, but anyone can develop it.

Eczema can develop almost anywhere on the body, including the:

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for this bothersome and painful skin condition. But, self-care and various treatments can help minimize symptoms to keep you comfortable.

Symptoms of eczema can vary from person to person. Oswald Mikell, MD, and our staff at Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry are experts in identifying and treating eczema, including eczema on the eyelids.

Recognizing eyelid eczema

Ongoing itchiness, redness, and swelling can be a sign of eyelid eczema. Eczema can affect one or both eyelids and cause a number of symptoms, such as:

Eyelid eczema can irritate your eyes and make opening them uncomfortable. Irritation might cause you to rub or touch your eyes more often, potentially increasing your risk of developing an eye infection, such as conjunctivitis (pink eye).

If you have eczema on other areas of your body, you may be more likely to develop eczema on your eyelids. Symptoms can be persistent, or they may disappear for months at a time and suddenly reappear.

Other types of skin problems can have similar symptoms, such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. Dr. Mikell will get to the root of what’s happening to your skin when he examines you.

Treating eyelid eczema

Eyelid eczema can’t be cured, but there are treatments that can reduce symptoms. Common treatments for eczema include:

Dr. Mikell will work with you to identify the triggers that cause your eczema to get worse. He’ll also give you guidance on how to care for your face and protect your eyelids.

You should moisturize your face often and keep your skin clean to help limit eczema flare-ups. You should avoid touching or rubbing your eyes. If you’re experiencing an eczema flare-up, you should stop using eye makeup and mascara until symptoms lessen.

If you work in a dusty environment, you should wear wrap-around goggles to protect your eyelids. Furthermore, you should use gentle cleansers when washing your face.

You don’t have to live with eyelid eczema. To get relief from your eczema symptoms, book an appointment online or over the phone with Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry today.

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