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Have had this condition every winter for years, and have seen various eye specialists who prescribed me steroid eye drops (FML) and various dry eye drops, but nothing ever worked. (The steroids did for a bit, but couldn't use long term. I also had some dry skin/ ezcema around the eyes. Anyway, just wanted to share that what worked for me was 'Manuka honey' ! I saw a post on a forum somewhere and decided to give it a go as nothing else has ever worked and it has pretty much changed my life! I mixed a tiny amount with water and used as drops into my eyes using a cotton bud, and also rubbed it it neat around my eyes. For me it has really worked. Took about a week of doing this morning and evening, and the irritation and general constant discomfort has COMPLETELY disappeared. I guess this doesn't work for everyone, but it has for me...

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    I've heard about using this as a treatment but never actually tried it!

    How do you mix the honey with the water? (how much of each) does it sting?

    Also does applying honey straight to your eyelid not a bit messy and sticky?

    I'm using the wet ones method at the moment

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    Is this safe to use in eyes? I read about this, but havent actually tried it and at this point I'm willing to do anything and get rid of this thing.
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    Hi, yes, I also tried this and felt pleased with the results but when I went to the Consultant, he said I still had the "bugs" so I felt really despondent and stopped the honey treatment.  I wasn't sure if it was actually feeding the "bugs" as he called them!  I'm beginning to think that everyone has these bacterium in and around their eyes but some of us are more sensitive to them than others.  I've just finished a course of Doxycyline which helped whilst I took them but the dreaded itch and swelling came back two days after completing the course.  Maybe I'll try the manuka again.  How much did you use?  In boiled but cool water so that the enzymes in the honey aren't compromised?  


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    My 2nd doctor said my condition is due to allergies caused by my feather quilt. I really thought she was wrong but since I got rid of the quilt and used Panatax allergy eye drops plus dry eye lubricant it's been under control. I had extreme skin peeling around my eyes.i bought Vaseline and use it every night around my eyes. If I skip using it I get itchy from the dry skin. 

    This is really a pain to keep ahead of. The honey sounds like I it coud have bacteria in it. I guess whatever works we keep doing.

    i just want to know why this "just happens" out of the blue, then won't go away so easily.

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