An irritation on the eyelid
Often allergens are transferred from the fingers, which remain unaffected. The common contact allergens in this area are preservatives or perfumes in creams, nail polish and nickel from handling coins. However, unilateral eyelid dermatitis on the person’s hand dominant side can be due to transferring unusual allergens such as plants and glues.
Bilateral eyelid dermatitis can be a manifestation of both atopic and seborrhoeic dermatitis where rubbing causes most of the dermatitis picture. Most patients will need patch testing. Only use 1% hydrocortisone ointment in