Causes of Rash and Itching on Upper Eyelid and Ways to Get Rid of it

When sacs or vesicles develop inside or just beneath the skin of the eyelids, the eyelids become itchy and inflamed and are known as eyelid rash or eyelid pimple. The rash could develop in the lower or upper eyelid. Other diseases and substances can cause an eyelid rash to develop. It is a common spot for rashes to occur as the skin around the eyelid is very sensitive.

What are the Causes of Rash & Itching on the Upper Eyelid?

What are the Causes of Rash & Itching on the Upper Eyelid?

There are many possible factors which can cause rash and itching to occur on the upper eyelid region. Some of them include:

Medications: Some medications can cause rash and itching on the upper eyelid as a side effect. Certain drugs are known to cause rashes anywhere in the body including the eyelids.

Heat & Sunburn: Heat and sunburn rashes can occur on the upper eyelids and turn into eyelid pimples.

Dry Skin: Skin of the upper eyelids can break out into rashes if it is too dry and also cause itching.

Lupus: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is a chronic medical condition that leads to an inflammation of the collagen protein in the connective tissue of the joints or the skin. Lupus can be a cause for many people with upper eyelid rash and itching.

Bacterial Meningitis: Skin inflammation occurs and white rashes may develop over the skin of the upper and lower eyelids in bacterial meningitis.

Rash & Itching on the Upper Eyelid Caused by Contact Lenses: When you wear contact lenses without properly disinfecting them or use them past their expiry date then it causes rash and itching on the upper eyelid along with eye infection and skin irritation around the eye area. Bacteria may accumulate on the eyelids leading to pustule formation and causing eyelid rashes.

Some Eye Drops Can Cause Rash And Itching On Upper Eyelid: There are some eye drops which can irritate the skin on the eyelids and lead to eyelid rashes and itching.

Fungal Infection: In some eyelid rash cases, infection caused by fungus or even virus or bacteria may be deemed to be the primary cause for rash and itching on upper or lower eyelids.

How to Get Rid of Rash & Itching on Upper Eyelid?

Usually, the rashes and itching on the upper eyelid subsides on its own without any treatment. The blisters on the rashes may rupture allowing the pus to escape. This needs to be cleaned thoroughly to prevent any eyelid infection from forming. Some of the ways in which the rash and itching on the upper eyelids can be gotten rid of are:

Topical Creams: A doctor can prescribe an ointment or cream which can help with the symptoms such as itching and swelling associated with eyelid rash. It is advisable not to use any other cream as the eyelid area is a sensitive one and other adverse reactions are possible with a cream that is not suitable for this purpose.

Anti-Itch Ointments: Itchy eyelids can become quite a hassle. An anti-itch cream can help get of itching on upper eyelids quickly.

Washing Hands Frequently To Treat and Prevent Rash & Itching On Upper Eyelid: It is important to have clean hands to prevent the eyelid rash from getting more complicated. Frequent hand washing helps prevent transfer of germs from hands to eyelids and prevent further aggravation rash and itching on the eyelids and help in the healing.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:January 31, 2022

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