Eczema on the eyelid develops due to dry and sensitive skin and a malfunction in the immune system. Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin and linked to asthma or hay fever.
Symptoms of eyelid eczema
- Small, raised bumps that ooze and crust over
- Red-brown colored patches on the upper eyelid
- Itching of the affected area
- Redness and swelling around the eyes
- Raw and sensitive skin caused by scratching
- Excessive scratching can cause damage on the skin and cause a break in the skin and susceptible to infection especially the staphylococcus aureus.
- Swelling and scaling dry skin
- Apply ice pack or compress around the affected eyes. In a bowl filled with cold water, soak a washcloth on the water, and hold it on the face over the affected eyes for at least 5 minutes. The coldness numbs the nerve endings and result to reduced sensation, relaxes the skin and lessen the urge to scratch.
- Apply moisturizer on the face such as cream or ointment. They contain plenty of oil and heavier than water and moisturizes and protect the skin better. Apply the moisturizer after taking a bath or washing the face to soften the skin and for fast healing of the condition.
- Use the prescribed corticosteroid cream for the eyes to lessen the flare-ups of the eczema. Use the low-strength cream for use around the affected eye. Keep the cream out of the eye when applying it to prevent making the condition worse.
- Stay healthy and avoid being stressed to prevent making the condition worse. Gently massage the area to lessen the stress and boost the immune system.
- Take the prescribed oral antibiotics to lessen the development of infection due to dermatitis.
- Take the prescribed over-the-counter antihistamines to lessen the itching and the pain.
- Avoid excessive exposure of the skin to sunlight and extreme heat such as hot showers. When taking a bath or showers, use lukewarm water. Avoid hot water to prevent further irritation on the area and worsen the condition. Avoid excessive exposure to hot weather, to prevent further damage on the skin and result to severe inflammation and delays the healing of the area.
- Use a humidifier inside the room to add moisture to hot and dry air and minimize the itchiness and flaking of the eczema.
- Avoid frequent hot showers and bath to prevent worsening of the condition especially the delicate skin around the affected eyes. Take a bath less frequently using warm water at least every 1-2 days if possible.
- In a bowl filled with water add a spoonful of uncooked oatmeal. Mix them well and soak cotton swabs in the mixture and place it over the eyes for at least 2 times every day to lessen the itchiness.