Treatments for a rash or inflammation of the eyelids include washing the area with a sensitive skin cream cleanser, topical corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone cream or ointment, immunosuppressants such as pimecrolimus cream for active inflammation and oral corticosteroids for severe inflammation, states DermNet NZ. When treating the rash, it is important to keep irritants and known allergens away from the eyelid by avoiding rubbing or scratching the area, stopping use of any eyelid cosmetics and wearing protective glasses.
Wearing protective glasses prevents wind, dust particles and other allergens from touching the eyelid, protects the eyes from the cold, and prevents scratching or rubbing of the eyelids, notes DermNet NZ. It is also important to only touch the eyelids with clean, rinsed hands to avoid irritants and allergens.
Another way to treating inflammation at home includes applying a warm, wet compress to the eyelids four times a day for approximately 10 to 20 minutes using a clean cloth each time, suggests eMedicineHealth. This helps decease discomfort from the rash. A cotton swab with diluted baby shampoo or baby body wash applied to the eyelids for a gentle cleanse and artificial tears may also help treat an eyelid rash or help reduce discomfort from symptoms.
An ophthalmologist or primary care physician may prescribe a topical antibiotic in the form of eyedrops or an ointment to help treat inflammation or a rash, notes eMedicineHealth. Severe cases of inflammation may require an oral antibiotic.