A common cause for experiencing crusty eyelids is bacteria, a condition known as blepharitis. Two frequent causes giving rise to a red or white swollen, painful, bumpy, lumpy, cyst like growth on or in your eyelid is the staph bacteria stye or eye duct blockage chalazion.
We all are drenched with bacteria on our skin, but we are not aware of this because it does not typically penetrate the skin to cause symptoms.
Bacteria thrives in the moist, warm skin at the base of your eyelids. Whenever it grows out of control, you are left with that scaly, crusty stuff, typically entwined in your eyelashes. Often noticed upon that initial glance in the mirror, after your climbing out of the bunk in the a.m.
A simple, but effective, home care treatment for your crusted, scaled eyelid blepharitis condition is to gently clean-up around the base of eyelid, at the eyelash line, with a warm moist cotton swab. Crusty blepharitis can be chronic and routine delicate eyelid swabbing is advised if that is your case.
- poor hygiene
- dirty contacts
- chronic blepharitis
- out of date cosmetics
- leaving eye makeup on overnight
- unwashed hands touching/rubbing eyes
A stye is a painful, tender, red, swollen, pus filled lump or bump at the rim of your eyelid, or eyelash line. It is not a pimple, so don’t try to pop or squeeze the pus out it. Rather, your sty pain relief treatment is the application of a warm compress, laid over your eyelid, 10 minutes, 4 times daily.
Most sties are harmless and won’t affect your vision. However, a doctor visit may be necessary if your sty creates issues like:
- vision interference
- frequent, successive infections
- doesn’t spontaneously disappear
- no response to warm compress care
- redness, swelling extends into face, cheek
Refrain from wearing makeup, especially eye liner, until your infection has cleared.
A chalazion resembles a stye, but a marked difference is it usually grows away from the edge of your eyelid. It is caused by an eye duct blockage that develops in your eye’s lubricating gland.
Initial chalazion symptoms are swelling and tenderness. Eventually, they’ll form a white cyst like bump or lump within your upper or lower eyelid.
Chalazia normally disappear on its own in a couple of months. You can speed this process along by applying a warm compress over your clogged eyelid several times a day. Keeping your compress tolerably warm helps drain your clogged up gland quicker.
Visit your doc if your chalazion blurs your vision or causes your entire eyelid to swell suddenly. Surgical removal may be necessary if it grows too big, and a biopsy should be considered for those that recur in the same spot.
To prevent recurrent swollen, painful, crusty, red, bumpy or lumpy eyelid infections or blockages:
- take care with your makeup
- keep your contact lenses clean
- keep unclean hands away from your eyes
- don’t share your beauty resources ~ cosmetics
Refrain from wearing makeup until your clogged ducts have drained completely. One method for avoiding future makeup causing bumps is limiting eyeliner drawing to the outer edged area. Never over your primary eyelid duct, on your eyelash line closest to your nose.
Eye health is extremely important, without it you may be led to blindness. Don’t want to get started down that road.