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Eyelid skin problems

Author: Dr Emily Ryder, Dermatology Registrar, Hamilton, New Zealand; Chief Editor: Dr Amanda Oakley, Dermatologist, Hamilton, New Zealand, May 2014.

Introduction

Although the eyelids may be involved with many skin conditions, the most common are listed here.

Skin lesions

Stable painless solitary lesions

Growing solitary lesions

Skin cancers progressively enlarge.

Multiple lesions

Infections affecting eyelids

Bacterial skin infections

Viral skin infections

Fungal skin infections

Infestation

Inflammatory skin conditions affecting eyelids

Dry itchy patches

Dry non-itchy patches

Papules and pustules

Acne vulgaris tends to spare eyelids. 

Blisters and erosions

Swelling

Systemic disorders may mimic eyelid disease by causing swelling or redness of the eyelid:

Dry irritated eyes

Discolouration

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