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Blepharitis, sometimes known as grainy eyelids, is an inflammation of the outer part of the eyelids where the eyelashes start. It is a relatively common condition that sometimes does not respond fully to treatment. In these cases it is known as chronic blepharitis. The symptoms of blepharitis are itching and burning with some mild foreign body irritation, tearing and crusting around the eyes and eyelashes upon awakening. There may be some mild pain as well. This may cause the eyes to look bloodshot. The edges of the eyelids may appear red, as if there had been crying. Blepharitis can be caused by a number of bacterias such as staph or strep or can be related to dandruff or seborrhea. The white of the eyes may have a red appearance and there may be a mild mucus discharge as well.
Treatment of blepharitis may include the following: