Causes of Blepharitis
So what is the leading cause of blepharitis? The exact cause of blepharitis isn’t clear. It is often associated with factors like:
- Seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows
- A bacterial infection
- Clogged or malfunctioning oil glands in your eyelids
- Rosacea, a skin condition characterized by facial redness
- Allergies, like allergic reactions to eye medications, contact lens solutions or eye makeup
- Eyelash mites or lice like Demodex mites
What Is the Best Blepharitis Treatment?
There are some blepharitis home remedies and treatments you can try at home:
Warm compresses, eyelid scrubs, skin and eyelid hygiene
But if your blepharitis is because of Demodex mites, traditional remedies usually don’t provide a complete and lasting remedy. In this case, the solution is to eradicate Demodex mites from your eyelashes.
Blepharitis that is connected to Demodex mites is referred to as “Demodex blepharitis,” and Ungex will introduce its innovative treatment to eliminate Demodex mites, and as a result, it helps Demodex blepharitis improve.
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The Relation Between Blepharitis and Demodex Mites
Blepharitis is often associated with an overgrowth of bacteria that live along the margins of the eyelids and at the base of the eyelashes.
Over time, these bacteria multiply and create a structure called a “biofilm.” This biofilm becomes a toxic environment similar to the plaque that forms on your teeth. Parasitic eyelash mites, known as Demodex mites, feed on biofilm, which in turn leads to an overgrowth of these mites and worsens eyelid inflammation.
These parasites can physically block the sebaceous glands, follicles, and skin pores, causing inflammation. They also secrete inflammatory substances, leading to swelling and allergies and exacerbate the inflammatory condition by pushing the immune system to react.
Bacteria in the eyelid biofilm also produce substances called “exotoxins” that cause inflammation of oil-secreting glands in the eyelids called meibomian glands. This causes a condition called “meibomian gland dysfunction,” which triggers (and worsens) dry eye discomfort and Demodex Blepharitis.