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Eyelid psoriasis is a very rare skin condition that is usually caused by excessive production of skin cells from the body. This leads to an inflammation of the eyes as well as discomforting scaly patches surrounding the eyelids.

Causal factors

The occurrence of eyelid psoriasis is not connected to any known physical factor, but it is believed that when one’s natural genetic makeup and the immune system are altered, it can cause the condition. Other factors that can trigger the onset of eyelid psoriasis include stress, illness (which includes throat infections and immune disorders such as HIV), skin injuries, changes in weather, allergies, excess alcohol intake, smoking, consumption of certain foods, environmental factors, blood pressure, and heart rate medications.

Symptoms

Unlike other types of skin psoriasis, eyelid psoriasis is very rare and does not affect people often. But when it does, it results in symptoms such as dryness of the eyes, inflammation, irritation, and swelling, discomfort, scaly red growths around the eye areas, dry cracked skin that may bleed, scaly dandruff-like flakes that shed off and stick to the eyelashes. This results in difficulty and pain when opening and closing the eyelids.

Care

Taking care of your eyes with this condition requires the use of topical medication (as recommended by your eye doctor). Apply the ointment to this area gently to avoid irritating parts of the eye. Your doctor may apply a topical corticosteroid near your eyes to help reduce scaling. Do not use a topical corticosteroid for psoriasis near the eyes without your doctor’s supervision. Using too much or using even a little for too long can lead to glaucoma which can damage the optic nerve, or cataract which can cloud the lens of your eye.

If the skin near your eyes has become infected, your doctor may prescribe a topical antibiotic. He or she may also recommend a moisturizer appropriate for the eye area.

Before you use make-up or cover-up, ask your eye doctor if it will cause further irritation or infection. It is understandable if you feel self-conscious about your skin’s appearance, but your eye health should come first.