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Old 01-06-2013, 10:17 AM   #1
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Blepharitis

Hi All,
I am suffering from Blepharitis on and off for nearly a year now. Sometimes it's completely symptoms free but every two months it does come back and I also have the redness underneath my eyes..on my face. I do hot compresses in the morning and evening witch does reduce the inflammation but I wanted to ask do I have to do it for the rest of my life to avoid relapses? Did anybody who suffers from Blepharitis managed to get rid of the illness completely or at least the symptoms to come back? Also I like using eye make up...I do avoid it when I have the symptoms but once they are gone is it ok to use make up again? I just don't like being without them...Any suggestions will help I would be nice to talk to somebody who can advise me on this as I feel alone with this problem..And I have heard it's chronic but somebody who also has it maybe can also tell me some good news how to avoid having it over and over again..Thanks

 
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:48 AM   #2
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I do hot compresses too, especially when I first get up, just with a piece of paper towel, running hot water over it at the kitchen sink, and am also interested in this subject. Also use Ibuprofin.

Since posting that I saw a commercial stating that Dry Eye causes the inflammation/pain. I have other allergies too besides anti-thyroid antibodies. Guessing you do too.

Have you been tested for autoimmune disease, two kinds of anti-thyroid gland antibodies, causing Thyroid Resistance and metabolic drainage problems for eye injections? The late Dr. John C. Lowe who had a very informative site a couple years ago, was hypo-thyroid himself, and said adequate dosage helps slow down the antibodies. They say low thyroid causes Dry Eye.

I have not been able so far to find out whether we need to stay "In Range" if having to take a high dosage because of all this.

Surely there are lots of others here with this common problem, who'd all ask their doctors and opthalmologists, but somehow haven't noticed this thread yet? I don't get here very often myself.

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Old 02-03-2013, 12:44 PM   #3
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I have been doing the hot paper towel compresses too eagle. I first noticed something just wasn't quite right with my eyes itching and being irritated about 3 years ago. It just got to the point I went to the eye doc. She diagnosed me with blepharitis about 1 1/2 years ago. Gave me a prescription for some kind of drops and explained about the importantance of good eye hygeine. I could not afford the drops...only have medicare and they wouldnt cover them...(almost 300.00 for one small bottle!) ...so i have basically just been rubbing them, gently scatching the relentless itching and pain with a cotton swab...sometimes using petroleum jelly on them or even rubbing alcohol...probably not a good idea...but having about squished my eyeballs out with misery... i went into walgreens and found some over the counter drops that ... finally finally finally at least got some temp relief with them. I am still kinda learning about this disease. (like we dont have enough issues already huh peeps?) I am not a female, dont know the demographics to this health issue but i read on here that some of you ladies are concerned about your make up and contacts. I know appearances are important, but I would not worry about appearances....taking care of yourself is the focus when you are suffering? I would not use something like make up...i used the petro jelly against recommendation I know..but I was grasping for straws....desperate.
It kind of sounds to me like the more I am learning about this issue is that medical pros know so much...and may be able to diagnose, recommend hot compresses and hygeine, etc. and maybe even prescribe certain meds for certain types of this issue. But the bottom line is or seems.....their isnt much cure or treatment. It sounds chronic and life long. We might just have to accept the fact we are on our own to cope....and from what I have come to know in life is that as bad as it is...we will have our days...of misery...but we CAN learn to live with this too. We dont have any choice. We CAN cope in our own way...using our own methods and habits to cope. There actually are worse things to have!! I just currently had a friend tell me that his retina detachment did not take....yes he lost 100% vision in his one eye...as I am complaining about this miserable blepharitis...I ask myself which is worse? I wonder sometimes...but then I think....I think I would actually have the blepharitis...and all the horrible misery associated than to loose the sight in even one eye. (btw, my friend was absolutely amazing how dignified he took this visual loss). This condition does try us. It test us sometimes where the clouds of doom and gloom hover down on us like we want it all to end. But try to keep your spirits up....its far from the end....the good news with this is I'm learning is it is rare that any permanent visual damage occurs!

 
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:46 AM   #4
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Re: Blepharitis

I forgot to say, I also use Refresh drops, usually just once a day, maybe twice, because when I was told to use my Systane 4 times a day, I seemed to be, in my amateur opinion, getting chemical burn or irritation. It was too much. Posting another message instead of editing again, because you might not get a notification that way.

Have had cataract surgery and lots of diabetic retinopathy laser treatments, to seal off extra blood vessels, you know. One time I had so many that it took four visits, up to 1000 burns per session. They can't do them all at once. The machine (I don't really know what to call it) counts. Good luck and please keep us posted.

 
Old 04-14-2013, 10:06 PM   #5
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I agree with you about "it could be worse" (although as I am sitting here itching the heck out of my inner corner of my eye, it does drive me crazy!) I also have a friend in law enforcement who took a bullet in the eye and is now blind in that eye, yet he NEVER complaints. He keeps going on with his life and has the best attitude. I need to learn from him! Anyway, what were the drops your dr. prescribed that were too expensive? I was prescribed Pataday which helps for most of the day with the itching being eliminated, but it does cuz my eyes to feel very dried out and sore. So the choice is to itch or to have a burning sensation. I wear a daily wear contact now, and the wierd thing is that when I remove the contact at night, that is when the itching really gets bad. Not sure why that happens. I hope someday they find a cure for this irritating issue. I am also curious - the three people who posted on this - are you fair skinned too? Just wondering. And is your blepharitis only in one eye or both?

 
Old 04-15-2013, 12:45 PM   #6
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Wow 2 posts in the same day that I can relate to. I've also had this dry eye issue off and on for over 40 years--just in the left eye (my bad eye). It started soon after I started wearing contacts at age 18 (I'm 64 now.) Naturally I blamed it on the contacts but since it only bothered me for a few days at a time and I could go years between flare-ups I continued to wear my contacts. I was always told it was just an allergy but why just one eye and different times of the year not just allergy seasons. Finally in my early 50's I gave up wearing my contacts and started wearing my very thick glasses all the time. Well pretty soon it flares up again and is more frequent. Finally my retinal specialist told me it was the meibomian (don't think that's spelled right) gland. They are the oil glands in your eyelids. He massaged under my eye and said the discharge was as thick as toothpaste! I was told to use hot compresses and keep my eyelid clean and massage the area. I also love to wear eye makeup but since I've retired I hardly ever wear it anymore but it really doesn't make a difference --it still gets irritated. I read somewhere they are using antibiotic eye drops for this problem now. I need to check on that.

 
Old 04-15-2013, 10:13 PM   #7
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Wow 2 posts in the same day that I can relate to. I've also had this dry eye issue off and on for over 40 years--just in the left eye (my bad eye). It started soon after I started wearing contacts at age 18 (I'm 64 now.) Naturally I blamed it on the contacts but since it only bothered me for a few days at a time and I could go years between flare-ups I continued to wear my contacts. I was always told it was just an allergy but why just one eye and different times of the year not just allergy seasons. Finally in my early 50's I gave up wearing my contacts and started wearing my very thick glasses all the time. Well pretty soon it flares up again and is more frequent. Finally my retinal specialist told me it was the meibomian (don't think that's spelled right) gland. They are the oil glands in your eyelids. He massaged under my eye and said the discharge was as thick as toothpaste! I was told to use hot compresses and keep my eyelid clean and massage the area. I also love to wear eye makeup but since I've retired I hardly ever wear it anymore but it really doesn't make a difference --it still gets irritated. I read somewhere they are using antibiotic eye drops for this problem now. I need to check on that.
Interesting how your eye drs tell you the same thing they tell me - that it is caused by allergies. Yet I only have it in one eye and it's not a seasonal thing - it's year round. I think the allergy response is because they just don't know the answers or explanations for our complaints. I would love to find a dr in the CHicagoland area who specializes in this and maybe get some kind of a good answer. If one more dr says "allergies" I'll scream. I'll try the hot compresses. I am curious how they do the undereye massage. Is that something you can do yourself? Did it help at all?

 
Old 04-15-2013, 11:09 PM   #8
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I actually found out about the massage treatment by accident. When my eye was really bothering me a couple of years ago, I was massaging my cheek and around my eye like you do when your sinuses are acting up. I realized my eye was starting to feel a lot better. I mentioned this to my retinal doc and I finally got a diagnosis. He said it was probably meibomian gland dysfunction. He told me to use a lid scrub or even clean my lid with baby shampoo, use a hot compress and then massage the lid. You can Google meibomian gland lid massage and it will explain how to do it and I think there's even a video to show you how. I can't do it as good as the doc but it does help. Good luck.

 
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Welcome, Marji, and thanks for the information that the eyelid oil gland discharge (?) can be "thick as toothpaste" or whatever. Mine's not that thick, just have to do an absent-minded quick wipe to see the bathroom scale on my way to kitchen and first cup of coffee in the morning. When the water's hot enough in kitchen, I do the paper towel thing and just touching my eye with it once, no pressure, because I THINK you can get astigmatism, eyeball out of shape, seems to WAKE IT UP, feels so good, I don't want to lose that feeling by keeping on with the heat. I just move on to the other eye. Had heard or read that heat helps those oil glands. My neighbor across the street has some condition I can never remember the name of, and didn't know of this, has been only using cold compresses.

Good luck.

 
Old 10-24-2013, 06:22 PM   #10
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I and a friend were able to get rid of Blepharitis. It is a bacterial infection in the roots of the eyelashes. My friend's Blepharitis was moving up to her eyelids and she used an Avon Facial Scrub with Benzethonium Chloride in it. I could not find it when I looked for it so I looked on the internet as to what other products had Benzethonium Chloride in it. I ended up using WET ONES (an antibacterial hand wipe). I tore it into 8 pieces and used 2 on each eyelash for 4 times a day for a week or more. Then I went down to 3 times a day (eye started to feel better) for a month. After that it was 2 times a day for a couple of months. Mine is gone too. The 3 Doctors tried to find it in my eyes, including the one who diagnosed the Blepharitis. He said it would come back. I said it had been 4-5 months. Moving close to a year soon and not back.
Hope this helps. I did blog as LLucy48 the whole story.
I am trying let others see that it can be killed. Shampoo and warm compresses can't kill it as it is bacterial. The wipes would not have worked if it was not bacterial.
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:11 PM   #11
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To Kelly 54.

You can kill Blepharitis and wear mascara at the same time you are doing it. I did.
I am Lucy 48 and I started blogging on several sites to tell others that there is a cure. I do use eye drops 4-6 times a day including when I wake in the night.
I used WET ONES (antibacterial hand wipes) to kill it. It has Benzethonium Chloride in it. My friend used an Avon Facial Scrub with Benzethonium Chloride in it and it was killing her Blepharitis as it had moved up to her eyelids. There have been 2 products with the same ingredient that has killed the Blepharitis for 2 people. Please check the blog for how to do it.

As for mascara, you buy throw away wands, new mascara and new eye shadow(use throw away applicators from the drugstore). Never put a used item into makeup. Wash off the mascara using a throw away makeup remover or wash rags (1 for each eye). I use white to wash in the bleach load. Never re-infect your eyes. Never use same one on both eyes. I did this and was able to kill the Blepaharitis. It starts out 4 times a day but soon is down to 2 times a day and easier to deal with on a daily basis.
Please give it a try as no one has to suffer from this as it can be cured.

It is bacterial and all the cleaning in the world will not get rid of it. I do put a warm washrag on my eyes in the morning as Dr. said it would stimulate things to get them going. I take Flax at night too for the eyes and fish oil. Dr. said to do that too.

I could not have killed this and neither could the friend of mine with an antibacterial agent if it was not a bacterial infection in the roots of the eyelashes.

You don't have to suffer.

 
Old 01-08-2014, 03:49 PM   #12
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I have been able to kill Blepharitis. My friend killed it with an antibacterial facial scrub that is not sold now. I found the same bacterial killing agent in WET ONES, antibacterial hand wipes, in the red box. I tore each one into 8 sections and wiped each eyelash area 2 times 4 times a day for a week and a half. Then 3 times a day for a month. After that I did it for 2 times a day for a couple of months. This is curable. You can wear mascara and cure it at the same time. It involves throw away wands and new mascara. Never put a used item into new makeup. Use 2 washrags to clean eyes (white for bleach load). One for each eye so as not to re-infect yourself. This is curable. It is bacterial and these work. there are 2 people using 2 different products with Benzethonium Chloride in them that have killed this. It does take months as the infection is deep in the eyelashes.
Wish you well soon.
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:16 AM   #13
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I was diagnosed with Blepharitis over a year ago and have been managing it with warm compresses, azasite, etc. Recently my doctor suggested that it may be caused by a hormone imbalance resulting in an increase in oil production (my symptoms are MUCH worse right before my period).

I began using an OTC, natural progesterone cream and have noticed a significant improvement (only using the cream for 2 weeks now).

For other women dealing with Blepharitis, I'd suggest looking into the hormone imbalance issue - the progesterone cream is making a big difference for me.

 
Old 03-08-2014, 08:47 AM   #14
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Kbd - What are your symptoms? Do you apply it to your eyelids?

 
Old 03-09-2014, 07:02 AM   #15
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Swollen/red eyelids. No, you apply it to your body. If you go to Whole Foods and look for natural progesterone cream, the directions come with the cream. You can also ask your doctor about hormone imbalance (low progesterone/estrogen dominance). Good Luck!

 
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