Individuals experiencing symptoms related to eyelid dermatitis should make an appointment to see a primary care physician. The primary care doctor may refer the patient to a dermatologist who specializes in skin diseases.
When seeing a doctor for treatment of eyelid dermatitis it's important to prepare ahead of time. The doctor asks several questions about symptoms, and preparing a list of symptoms is helpful. An itchy rash on the eyelid is a common symptom. The eye area may be inflamed or watery. An outbreak may be related to a broader health problem, such as asthma, allergies or eczema. Certain autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, can also lead to eyelid rashes.
Eyelid rashes are commonly diagnosed as contact dermatitis or atopic dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is frequently caused by cosmetics being applied on the skin. For instance, wearing a certain brand of eye shadow leads to a sudden skin rash. People who are allergic to nickel might develop an eye rash after applying mascara, because the applicator contains nickel. Personal care products, such as shampoo and hair dyes, sometimes contain chemicals too harsh for people with sensitive skin. Atopic dermatitis is often allergy related. Food allergies and allergies to pet dander or dust mites are also prime causes of eyelid rash.