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Eczema on Eyelids

Updated on August 7, 2011

Eczema is a medical condition that causes rashes and itchiness. Having a rash on the face is a common issue for people with eczema. Eczema on eyelids can occur, especially from an allergic reaction to eye makeup.

People who are prone to eczema flare ups may get rashes anywhere on their bodies, but the most common areas are the hands, elbows, knees, and face. The eczema on face can cause the person to feel self-conscious as well as uncomfortable.

Typically, the eczema causes itchiness, redness, mild swelling, and a rash of dry skin. Some people may have a wet, seeping rash instead of one with dry skin. The eczema can develop open sores especially if the person is scratching the eczema rash.

When eczema occurs near the eyes, most of the time the eczema is harmless. However, some types of eczema can cause blindness if the eye is affected by the rash. Therefore, anyone who develops eczema near the eye should consult a physician.

Often, the eczema is atopic dermatitis which is the type of eczema that is hereditary. This eczema type is caused by an oversensitive immune system.

The person with atopic eczema may experience frequent eczema rashes. The rashes may be more frequent during a particular season instead of occurring with the same frequency throughout the year. Some people have a more frequent eye rash during the summer while others have more eye rashes during the winter.

If the type of eczema is contact dermatitis, it may have been triggered by eye makeup, soap, or any other substance that came in contact with the skin. If the person recently began using a new brand of eye makeup, the makeup may have been the cause.

Many people don't realize that the body can develop allergies to substances that previously did not cause an allergic reaction. Therefore, the person's makeup may still be the cause even if the same kind of makeup has been used previously without causing eczema.

The person may want to avoid the makeup until the eczema has healed. The common temptation is to cover the eczema on an eyelid or around the eyes with makeup. It is much safer to keep the area clean that has been affected by eczema to give the rash a chance to heal.

Some people may be tempted to rub the flaky eczema rash to remove the flaky skin. Rubbing the rash too hard and removing flaky skin can cause open sores and make the rash prone to infection.

The physician may prescribe an anti-eczema cream to apply to the eyelids to treat the eczema. Using an anti-eczema cream can quicken the healing process and make the eczema less severe.

However, the person with eczema at the eyes should not use anti-eczema creams that have not been prescribed by a doctor for use near the eyes. Some anti-eczema creams can be dangerous to use near the eyes.

I found an article on a website about different types of eczema. The article is called Eczema on Face and includes information about the type of eczema that is dangerous around the eyes and can lead to blindness. There's even a picture of a woman whose eyes are both covered with a scaly, dry eczema rash. I'm warning you that it is pretty gross. Even though I have experience with eczema at my eyes, I didn't know eczema could be that severe.


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