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Old 01-23-2013, 07:58 AM   #1
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Question Chronic conjunctivitis/blepharitis = antibiotics forever?!

Hello. I'm a 33 yo female and I have been fighting what my eye doctor (optometrist) says is chronic bacterial conjuctivitis/blepharitis (caused by the staph under my eyelids) for about 2 months. I have never, ever had any problems with such a thing before.

My symptoms are mainly just redness of the left eye and some mild crusting in the corners and occasionally I notice a slight itch. I am a contact lens wearer (and am very diligent about keeping them clean and wearing them like I'm supposed to) and have been donning my glasses since this started.

Treatment started with antibiotic eye drops for 2 rounds. My eyes did fine while on them, but as soon as I stopped it came back and my eyes became red again. We then tried steroid eye drops for 2 weeks in conjunction with a month of oral antibiotics (doxycycline) (some of it had spread to my cornea). My eyes have done pretty good with this combo (with only 2 flare ups). I only have a few days left on the oral antibiotics. I have also been cleaning my eyelids nightly with baby shampoo.

My eye doctor seems to think this is chronic and that I will always need to be on the doxycyline to control it (along with the baby shampoo cleanings). I can't imaging taking an oral antibiotic for the REST OF MY LIFE! I don't like being on them period. And over the last year I've been on several courses for UTI's x 5, upper resp issues x 2, and now the eye issue.

Personally, I think with all the rounds of antibiotics I've been on, it's thrown my system out of whack and that's the reason for the overabundance of staph in my eyes causing the conjunctivitis/blepharitis.

Anyway, my question is this. Have any of you heard of being treated for this condition with lifelong antibiotics? Wouldn't they stop working after a while? And it can't be good for your system. Are there any other treatments available or home remedies you've found to work?

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Old 01-28-2013, 01:36 AM   #2
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Re: Chronic conjunctivitis/blepharitis = antibiotics forever?!

What about seeing another opthalmologist? Has anyone here ever heard of that particular antibiotic? We've all been taught that when we take antibiotics too often, we become resistant. How did your current opthalmologist diagnose "staph" infection, anyway?

I just heard in an eye drops commercial that Dry Eye causes inflammation, which I have all the time, and no meds seem to help. Also I have the allergy eye itching sometimes. At another Forum one time, some people said they were low thyroid and increasing their T4 med helped with Dry Eye, which can blind you.

Please keep us posted. We're all here to learn.

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:50 PM   #3
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Re: Chronic conjunctivitis/blepharitis = antibiotics forever?!

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What about seeing another opthalmologist? Has anyone here ever heard of that particular antibiotic? We've all been taught that when we take antibiotics too often, we become resistant. How did your current opthalmologist diagnose "staph" infection, anyway?

I just heard in an eye drops commercial that Dry Eye causes inflammation, which I have all the time, and no meds seem to help. Also I have the allergy eye itching sometimes. At another Forum one time, some people said they were low thyroid and increasing their T4 med helped with Dry Eye, which can blind you.

Please keep us posted. We're all here to learn.
Thank you for your reply!

The doctor I saw before was an optometrist. I have an appt next Mon with an opthalmologist.

The optometrist looked at my eyes and just "determined" it was bacterial caused by the staph under my eyelids. He didn't do anything else. He said it was on my cornea...maybe that is how he knew?

I have noticed some slight itching and slight watering occasionally.

I too have heard that dry eye can cause inflammation. I have been tested for thyroid problems and everything was normal.

I hope the opthalmologist can give me some answers and hopefully an alternative treatment.

 
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:08 PM   #4
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Re: Chronic conjunctivitis/blepharitis = antibiotics forever?!

Dear Missourigrl,

I was on that antibiotic Doxycycline for a month and it did start to help the Blepharitis.
I and a friend got rid of the Blepharitis. My friend's Blepharitis started moving up to her eyelids. She used an Avon Facial Scrub with Benzethonium Chloride in it and she got rid of it. I couldn't find that product at the time so I looked on the internet to see what other products had Benzethonium Chloride in it. I
I ended up using WET ONES, an antibacterial hand wipes. I tore each one into 8 sections and used 2 each on each eyelash area 4 times a day to start. Did that for a week and a half. It felt better so went down to 3 times a day doing that for a month.
After that, I did it for 2 times a day for several months. All gone.
Blepharitis is a bacterial infection in the roots of the eyelashes. (That is why the antibioitics start working because it is bacterial.
I tried antibiotics in the eyes 3 times and baby shampoo. Nothing worked that the Dr. said to do.
When my friend (daughter's mother-in-law) got rid of it I jumped on it as couldn't stand the itching any longer. It was driving me crazy.
So 2 people using 2 different products with the same ingredient killed Blepharitis.
There were 3 Dr.'s who looked into my eyes and could not find the Blepharitis.
I was told by 2 of them that it would come back. I said it had been 4-5 months so far.
It is now almost a year and not back.
I did blog on one Dr.'s site and he asked if I washed the eyes after using the wipes and I said "No."
I learned to blog so that perhaps someone will get the relief that the 2 of us now have.
It takes a long time to get rid of it but well worth the trouble.
You can use mascara and still get rid of the Blepharitis.
Let me know if you want that info. There is a way to not re-infect yourself and still wear mascara. I did it. (with the help from my daughters)
Please remember it seem so easy an answer to the problem but ulcers are now known to be a bacterial infection too.
If you stay on antibiotics a long time you end up with yeast problems. I know.
I also use eye drops to lubricate the eyes (dry eyes). I am older and Dr. said to take fish oil capsules and flax for my eyes. He said to use a warm rag on eyes in the morning to get things going.
His remark to me about not having Blepharitis was: "My aren't you clever." Desperate should have been the word.
Hope you get relief soon.

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Old 11-20-2013, 08:57 AM   #5
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Hi Lucy


When you use the wipes do you do it with your eyes closed and wipe back and forth over the lashes? Or with eyes open and wipe the lids near your eye?

Thanks!

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Old 11-20-2013, 11:37 AM   #6
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Re: Chronic conjunctivitis/blepharitis = antibiotics forever?!

I kept my eyes open and just rubbed on the eyelash area doing 2 times with a section of the wipes.

It does take almost 4 months to get rid of it but the last 2 months are easy as only 2 times a day. Morning and night.

I did not put the wipes into my eyes just on the eyelash area. It was not hard and after a week and a half I felt better and went down to the 3 times a day. You will be able to tell that it is working.

It is not a hit and miss thing. I did it everyday to kill it. My friend did it and I was determined to do it too.

Hope you get the relief soon as this can spread to other areas of the eye as I mentioned it went up to my friend's eyelids.

Wishing you well soon,

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Old 11-20-2013, 11:51 AM   #7
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Thanks will try it and let you know how it goes

 
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:33 PM   #8
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Re: Chronic conjunctivitis/blepharitis = antibiotics forever?!

Dear Wiskeythekid,

I would appreciate that as want to know if others are getting relief and getting rid of it too. I am sure that Dr.'s would like to hear that more than 2 have cured it.
Hate to see so many in this itching pain.

Thanks again.

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Old 11-21-2013, 08:42 AM   #9
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Re: Chronic conjunctivitis/blepharitis = antibiotics forever?!

Dear Wiskeythekid,
I couldn't sleep last night worrying about what I said. I got up and did my eyes with the wipes one more time. I did use them around my finger and with eyes open and then the top I did again when closed. When eyes are opened I brushed upward on the top so that I got the angle that I could not reach if closed.
Hopes this helps. Sorry as it has been quite a while that I killed this and so had to do a rerun of the actual method. I am sorry I didn't remember that.

Yours,

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Old 11-22-2013, 01:40 AM   #10
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Hi Lucy

Thank you for the details. A few questions:

1. Are your eyes dry or are they back to normal?
2. What were your symptoms before you began using the wipes?
3. Did your vision improve after the blepharitis went away?

My symptoms are:
Itchy eye lids
Dryness feeling
Doctor sees clogged glands under slit lamp viewing

I do not have eye tenderness or flakes or anything visible to the naked eye

Thanks again

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Old 11-22-2013, 08:23 AM   #11
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Re: Chronic conjunctivitis/blepharitis = antibiotics forever?!

Hi Wiskeythekid,

My eyes are dry. I have read that it can contribute to not being able to wash bacteria out of the eyes. I use over the counter eye drops for lubrication. I do it 6 times a day. I do it when I get up at night too.
Before the wipes I had horrible itching. I did the shampoo thing on a regular basis. I even had the Dr. prescribe antibiotics 3 times to put into my eyes.
Should have put them on the eyelashes. That might work but would cost a bucket load of money to do that for 3-4 months. The bottle was tiny and expensive. I bought the last one cash and it was $137.00.
I have wrinkled retina in one eye. My vision seems better I think when I do the eye drops. The wipes stopped the itching. It is important to get rid of it in the eyelashes as can move to other parts of the eyes. My friend's moved to her eyelids. (That is how we found out what killed it as she used that facial scrub with Benzethonium Chloride in it.) If you can kill it on your eyelashes you may have do antibiotics for the eye for the other problems. You may keep re-infecting if its in the eye glands.
You may have to attack both problems at the same time. You will know in a couple of weeks most likely. I would ask the Dr. after you start getting results on the eyelashes.
I have sent this info about killing Blepharitis to several eye research places and Dr.s, etc.
Let me know how you are doing in a couple of weeks. I could tell that it was a good thing as my eyes felt better after using the wipes in just that week and a half.
If I did not have that friend I would be sitting here using honey and tea bags and anything else that offered relief that I have read about.
I am grateful there is an easy way to kill this. You may have a harder time but don't give up.
Be sure and increase the eye drops too for lubrication. Can't hurt and may be a great help with the problems. The answer is consistency. It is not hit and miss. Every day for several months. One other thing, you may be able to speed it up if you were to do it 3 times a day instead of going down to 2times even though you feel better.
Wishing you well, LLucy48

 
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Re: Chronic conjunctivitis/blepharitis = antibiotics forever?!

Hi; the advice given to me by an ophthalmic eyelid specialist was to apply hot/warm compress to my eye area twice a day for ten minutes . This worked but it makes the eye area quite red. Therefore I would do it when I didn't have to go out.
Make sure the washcloth or whatever you use is heated up in the microwave
then cooled so it is not too hot.After that I applied bactroban ointment to the eye lids{rx only} Hope this works for you.

 
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