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What causes red itchy dandruff-like scaly skin around eyes?

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Posted on Tue, 8 Dec 2015
Question: I have a scaly red switch skin around my eyes not in the eye but on the skin surrounding the eye i have tried everything slaves creams etc is this eczema?
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Answered by Dr. Harish Naik (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Blepharitis should be ruled out, upload the photos

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Welcome to HCM.
I have gone through your query.
It is better if you can upload the picture for assessment, so that we can provide you with specific advice.

I would like to know if there any redness, itching, dandruff-like scales on the eyelashes.
Your dry skin could also be a sign of an underlying skin condition such as blepharitis. This need to be ruled out.

Presently I would suggest you wash the area with mild soap like baby soap. Apply a warm wet compress to the lids, such as a washcloth with hot water, for 5 to 10 minutes two to four times a day. Using a clean washcloth for each cleansing is important. Apply calamine lotion with alovera to the affected area, avoid application on the eye. Avoid cosmetics for few days. Kindly follow this measures you will be fine by week.

If it persists, then you need to see opthalmologist for examination, if the blepharitis if confirmed, then you may require topical antibiotic.

Hope this helps.
I'll be glad to clarify your further queries.
Wish you speedy recovery.
Take care.

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What causes red itchy dandruff-like scaly skin around eyes?

Brief Answer: Blepharitis should be ruled out, upload the photos Detailed Answer: Hi Welcome to HCM. I have gone through your query. It is better if you can upload the picture for assessment, so that we can provide you with specific advice. I would like to know if there any redness, itching, dandruff-like scales on the eyelashes. Your dry skin could also be a sign of an underlying skin condition such as blepharitis. This need to be ruled out. Presently I would suggest you wash the area with mild soap like baby soap. Apply a warm wet compress to the lids, such as a washcloth with hot water, for 5 to 10 minutes two to four times a day. Using a clean washcloth for each cleansing is important. Apply calamine lotion with alovera to the affected area, avoid application on the eye. Avoid cosmetics for few days. Kindly follow this measures you will be fine by week. If it persists, then you need to see opthalmologist for examination, if the blepharitis if confirmed, then you may require topical antibiotic. Hope this helps. I'll be glad to clarify your further queries. Wish you speedy recovery. Take care.