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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Things You Should Do In Blepharitis

Things You Should Do In Blepharitis

We often suffer from various sensory diseases, the most common being the ones that affect the eyes and the skin. Ocular problems are quite prevalent if you have the certain type of allergy or if you are sensitive to chemicals or other stimuli such as perfumes, medicines or cosmetics. Inflammation in the eyes can be quite uncomfortable and most of the time, it leads to watery eyes with redness and puffiness. One such problem is Blepharitis where the eyelid swells along the lashline. Clinically it can be cured if precautions are taken at the right time. However, no matter how meager the problem is, this eye infection is bound to cause irritation and discomfort. Hence, adequate measures should be taken to treat the symptoms of this condition at the right time to ease the pain and discomfort that arises in blepharitis. This condition may be brought on by bacterial invasions which affect the functioning of meibomian glands. As a result, the glands become blocked and lead to swelling at the base of lashline. Some mites inhabiting the eyelashes are also known to offset this condition. Those suffering from dandruff are also at greater risk of contracting this condition as the dandruff flakes settle on the eyelids and eyelashes which leads to clogging within pores and meibomian glands and leads to swelling on the eyelid.

Blepharitis is treated after conducting a thorough evaluation of symptoms accompanying this eye condition. However, there are some ways you can adopt at home to reduce the swelling and pain it causes. We have put together a list of things you should do when blepharitis strikes you.

    Include plenty of omega-3 fats in your diet

    Omega 3 fats have proven to enhance the functioning of meibomian glands located inside the eyelids. These glands produce a waxy substance to lubricate the eyes. When the body is deficient in omega 3 fats, this waxy substance thickens which leads to blockage inside the glands. Increasing your intake of foods rich in omega- 3 fatty acids will ensure that the meibum released from the meibomian glands is not too thick. It will also help in unclogging the glands and heal the inflammation caused by it. To speed up the healing process, you can take omega-3 supplements as recommended by your doctor.

    Apply warm compresses to reduce the swelling

    Warm compresses prove to be quite beneficial in reducing the swelling on the eyelids. The wet warmth applied to the eyelids will help in releasing the fluids piled up inside the eyelids and the meibomian glands. The heat will also open up the clogged pores thereby causing the deposited residues to be squeezed out. This will reduce the swelling and pain on the eyelid. Dip a clean washcloth in warm water and place it over your eyelids. Move the cloth gently in the outward direction to cleanse the debris accumulated on the eyelid. Doing this three to four times for two to three days will help in relieving the swelling near the lashline. Dab Tea Tree oil on the affected area Tea tree oil is a natural substance that has tonnes of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory components. When absorbed by the cells of the eyelids, it will directly act upon the inflammation caused due to microbes or any other allergens. If you suspect demodex mite to be behind your blepharitis, then this remedy is highly effective as tea tree oil has the potential to kill this mite. Dab the oil close to the lashline twice a day to get rid of the mite and the swelling that takes place on the eyelids.

    Blink your eyes frequently

    Blinking helps in restoring lost moisture on the surface of the eyes and since the eyes are highly prone to becoming dry due to poor functioning of meibomian glands, blinking your eyes frequently will help in moistening the outer surface of the eye by activating tear flow to the eyes. It will also activate the release of meibum in the eyes to make them clear and healthy.

    Rinse your eyes with saline water

    Salt water is highly effective in treating swelling and pain. Rinsing your eyes with warm salt water will release the accumulated fluids that cause swelling on the eyelids. Mix a pinch of salt in warm distilled water and dip a clean cotton pad into the solution. Wipe your eyelids with the cotton pad to dislodge and clean the accumulated debris near the lashline. Doing this a couple of times each day will help keep your eyes clean and free from harmful irritants.

    Application of raw honey

    Raw honey is an excellent cure for blepharitis caused by bacteria. Its amazing anti-bacterial qualities help in killing the bacteria invading the lashline. Honey also helps in soothing inflammation caused by bacteria. Applying it on the swollen eyelid will help in drawing out toxins and fluids collected within the eyelid to reduce the inflammation. It will also hydrate the eyelids to prevent them from drying. While applying honey to the affected area, make sure your hands are clean and free from bacteria.

    Get adequate treatment for dandruff

    Your chances of suffering from blepharitis are increased if you have dandruff. The scales from your scalp get collected on your eyelids and lead to clogging of pores on the lashline. To prevent this, you need to get proper treatment to keep your dandruff under control. Also, practice eye hygiene if you suffer from dandruff so the scales falling from your scalp do not block the pores and tear glands in the eyes. Wipe your eyes frequently with warm water to keep the area clean several times a day.

    Discontinue use of makeup and harsh cosmetics

    For successful recovery, you need to stop wearing eye make up as it has the chances of settling on the lashline which can aggravate the condition. Refrain from using harsh shampoos during the treatment as the ingredients might cause an allergic reaction. Using an anti-dandruff shampoo will help in controlling your condition if the blepharitis is caused by dandruff. It is also good for reducing inflammation on the eyelid.

    Guest Author: Harvey Lee

    Harvey Lee is a health and beauty blogger and works with various industry leading health and beauty product brands e.g. EyeSoothe: UK's leading Eye Mask brand for various eye issues including Blepharitis, MGD, Dry eye syndrome and more. Harvey strongly recommends seeking physician opinion before replacing medication with natural or other non-clinical remedies.

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