Blepharitis Symptoms & Causes

LIke ThisLIke ThisLIke ThisLIke ThisLIke This

In-Depth

What is blepharitis?

Blepharitis is characterized by swelling of the eyelid. It’s usually a persistent, recurring problem for a child that starts early in childhood, and it may last throughout his or her life. Often, there is a secondary infection of the eye and a loss of eyelashes.

What causes blepharitis?

Blepharitis may be caused by an infection or increased oil production in the sebaceous glands; it may also be associated with seborrhea. Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammation of the top layers of skin that’s characterized by red, itchy skin that sheds scales.

Boston Children’s is so much more than a hospital—it’s a community of researchers, clinicians, administrators, support staff, innovators, teachers, patients and families, all working together to make the impossible possible. ”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
For Patients: 617-355-6000
For Referring Providers: 844-BCH-PEDS | 844-224-7337

Close