- Infection (viruses, bacteria)
- Inflammatory causes such as chemicals, fumes, dust, and debris
- Oral genital contact with someone who might be infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, or herpes
- Follow good hygiene, such as washing hands regularly.
- Use proper eye protection when in conditions that might increase your risk, such as working in dusty or fume-filled areas.
- Avoid allergic influences that might affect you, such as perfumes, weeds, mold, etc.
- Wash hands frequently so as not to contaminate others or reinfect yourself.
- Separate your towels and washcloths so that others will not be at risk.
- If itching is the most irritating feature, apply cold compresses.
- If swelling is bothersome, apply cold compresses.
- If there is a lot of discharge, especially if mucous-like, use warm compresses.
- If there is aching and/or pain, use warm compresses.
- Wash the eyelids very gently and soak off debris; do not pick at it.
- Never rub the eyes, as this can spread the problem.
- Do not share contact lens paraphernalia with an affected person.
Note: Do not rub or touch your eyes when you get a cold or upper respiratory infection, as this can spread the disease to the eyes.
- Pain is increasing.
- Vision is worsening.
- There is blistering and/or rash on the eyelids.
- Swelling is increasing.
- There is a lot of thick mucus secreting.
- The condition is not getting better within a week.