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I was diagnosed with Blepharitis 3 years ago during a routine eye exam.
Since that time, I have had several exacerbations. The last one, several months back from the time of this post had me looking for new ideas.
Here's my situation:
53 y/o caucasian male with a past medical history of Roseacea well controlled with Head & Shoulders shampoo. Roseacea exacerbations treated with topical steroid PRN (as necessary). I saw an allergist 1 year ago and was able to find nothing conclusive as far as allergies but was placed on Singulair and Zyrtec for Sinusitus.
Blepharitis flare-ups have been worsening with the last one 3 months ago- I saw an Opthamologist mid-year 2016 and the regiment he described to me use had not been able to treat it as i had in past with warm compresses (a tube-sock filled with rice and tied off at end- heated in a microwave for 2mins), regular eye washing with Johnsons Baby Shampoo and eye oinment- PRED-G an antibiotic with steroid. Conditions were worsening and trying to work and function with normal activities of daily living were becoming more difficult, not to mention the pyschological impact. My efforts to overcome this latest exacerbation were not working. I work in a hospital for the last 5 years in Balt. MD
Here's what Im trying as of 1/17/2017 and plan on keeping my findings posted here...
I have started (at the advice of a post on this site and my own personal research) using Wet Ones wipes. The synthetic active ingredient, Benzothonium Chloride is what I hope may kill the bacteria.
My routine: I am washing my eyelids before each use and using 1/3 of each towellete by cutting into strips. I repeat this 4X daily since 1/17 and have so far had noticeable improvement- but not yet 100% free but at least not as bothered by my eyes. I am still using an eye lubricant as needed throughout the day.
While I am hopeful, I remain cautiously optomstic.
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