Misdiagnosis of Underlying Causes of Blepharitis

About underlying conditions: With a diagnosis of Blepharitis, it is important to consider whether there is an underlying condition causing Blepharitis. These are other medical conditions that may possibly cause Blepharitis. For general information on this form of misdiagnosis, see Underlying Condition Misdiagnosis or Overview of Misdiagnosis

Underlying conditions list: The list of possible underlying conditions mentioned in various sources for Blepharitis includes:

Blepharitis as a complication: Other conditions that might have Blepharitis as a complication might be potential underlying conditions. The list of conditions listing Blepharitis as a complication includes:

Underlying conditions discussion: The two most common causes of anterior blepharitis are bacteria (Staphylococcus) and scalp dandruff.1

Two skin disorders can cause this form of blepharitis: acne rosacea, which leads to red and inflamed skin, and scalp dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis). 1

This article concentrates on posterior blepharitis that usually involves disorders of the meibomian glands. The article provides information on the history of meibomian gland dysfunction and also describes the population most commonly affected, symptoms of gland dysfunction and associated conditions. Problems that can affect the meibomian glands including the role bacteria and other organisms play in meibomian gland dysfunction are described. Treatments such as lid hygiene and antibiotics are also discussed. 1

1. excerpt from Blepharitis Resource Guide: NEI

Last revision: October 23, 2003

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