How do I treat and manage eyelid eczema?
- by Lauran Morphett
Eyelid eczema is common and includes the areas around the eyelids, eyebrows and eyelashes. This is a challenging area to manage because the skin is thinner than other areas of the body, which make it more sensitive to treatment options. Other common areas for eczema to flare up are the hands and feet, as well as the inside of the elbows and behind the knees.
What is eyelid eczema?
Eyelid eczema is an inflammatory response involving the eyelid skin, usually caused by an eczema trigger. This can make the eyelids itchy and red and constant rubbing can lead to swelling. Children with eczema around the eyes often experience eczema on other areas of the face, including the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin.
Why does my child have eczema around their eyes and on their eyelids?
Eczema around the eyes and on the eyelids is more common in children who also have asthma and hay fever. This is because their body is already highly sensitive to allergens in the environment that are usually harmless to other people.
It is important to get your diagnosis of eyelid eczema from your doctor to better understand causes and what treatment options are available.
What can I do to help eczema around the eyes and eyelids?
Avoiding contact with any known allergens is the first step to reducing the incidence of eczema around the eyes and eyelids, as well as keeping the area well moisturised and reducing inflammation.
Tips to minimise symptoms:
- Only touch eyelids with clean, rinsed hands
- Applying a cool compress to avoid rubbing and scratching
- Keep fingernails short to prevent extra damage if scratching occurs
- Use a skincare routine to ensure the entire body is nourished and hydrated
- Manage any diagnosed conditions such as hay fever and asthma with your doctor
There are a range of ointments and creams which can be used to treat this delicate area of the face. Sometimes light therapy is also considered as a treatment option. It is important to speak with your doctor about the treatment options suitable for your child.
This blog post was brought to you and your bub with love and care by Julia and the itchy baby co. team. x
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only and you should always consult your medical professional.