What do marginal ulcers suggest in allergic conjunctivitis?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Michael A Silverman, MD, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Marginal ulcers (small white ulcers that appear on the cornea at the limbus) may indicate an allergic reaction to staphylococcal antigen.

This is a toxin-related complication of staphylococcal species that frequently cause blepharitis.

Pain, photophobia, and a foreign-body sensation are common. The ulcers are sterile and respond to topical steroids.

See Allergic Conjunctivitis.


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