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Blepharitis may be caused by either of these:
The condition may also be linked to seborrheic dermatitis. This is an inflammation of the top layers of skin. It causes red, itchy, scaly skin.
A child may be more at risk for blepharitis if he or she has:
Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. They can include:
You may also notice your child rubbing his or her eyes.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is. Severe cases of blepharitis may need to be treated by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist).
The goal of the treatment is to relieve the symptoms. Treatment may include:
You may also need to:
If your child also has seborrheic dermatitis, the healthcare provider may also tell you to:
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