How do you treat an eyelid rash?


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If the cause of the eyelid rash is from atopic or contact dermatitis, there are various over-the-counter, low-dose topical steroid creams, such as Cortaid, that can treat the condition, according to About.com. Any topical cream with a higher dose of steroids can cause the formation of cataracts or glaucoma. Any topical treatment is a short-term solution, and doctors advise using extreme caution.

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There are alternative treatment options for eyelid rashes, too, such as topical calcineurin inhibitors, Protopic and Elidel, explains About.com. These medications have approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for adults and children over the age of 2. These topical calcineurin inhibitors do not cause the same serious side effects of the topical steroids, and a person can use them for a longer period. It is also possible to use these medications on any skin, including the sensitive skin of the eyelids.

Contact dermatitis is a very common cause of an eyelid rash, and it develops when a substance, such as eye shadow, causes a reaction, reports About.com. There are a number of allergens in these substances, including nickel, quaternium-15 and formaldehyde. Chemicals from hair products, materials on the hands or nail polish may also cause this reaction. Atopic dermatitis, or allergies to pollen or pet hair, among others, may also cause a rash on the eyelids. Stopping the use of these items or avoiding contact with them can help with treatment.

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