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Eye eczema (palprebal eczema)

Eye eczema is also called eyelid eczema or palpebral eczema. It can affect the entire eye contour as well as the upper or lower eyelids.


This very localized form of eczema can occur at any age and especially in older children and adults. It can be the expression of atopic eczema, or the result of a contact allergy from an ophthalmic medicine, a make-up product or any other element that would be transported by the hands (nail polish, etc.) or transported in the air (fragrances, etc.). Eyelid eczema can be accompanied by conjunctivitis.

The skin on the eyelids is thin and fragile. It therefore becomes inflamed quickly and becomes red and swollen. In addition, we often tend to rub the eyes to relieve it. The problem is often that the eye can no longer be opened completely and the pain can be very severe. People with eyelid eczema also avoid making eye contact when talking to others, and they withdraw into themselves.

Eyelid eczema: what to do?

For eyelid eczema, it can be useful to consult an allergist and undergo allergy testing in order to identify the agents responsible and to begin elimination treatment.

Simultaneously, medicinal treatment with moderate-strength topical corticosteroids can be used. Patients must not be afraid to apply a topical corticosteroid to the eyelids, even if the information leaflets almost always mention avoiding this area because of risk of glaucoma and cataract due to prolonged use. The objective is to get rid of this inflammation! Usually only a few days of treatment is required. As a follow up, hydrating and moisturizing products suited to the eyes are also applied as often as needed.

In the same way, opt for light, hypoallergenic make-up and a mild make-up remover.