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HI - I'm new to blepharitis. I have only been suffering with it for a few months and it has been a nightmare. I have tried so many different remedies with no luck
My symptoms have been a combination of the following:
dry eyes, swollen puffy sore red eye lids, eye lid flaking and dryness, dry eyes, gritty eyes, itchy eyelashes- eyelash and eye brow loss (I lost almost all my eyelashes on my right eye : (
Here is what I have tried that didn't work and then Ill tell you what did work!
- castor oil- no luck- helped a bit with eye lid swelling
- AzoSite topical antibiotics- temporarily helped with gritty dry eyes
- soolanga ivermectin cream ($600 US price) on lashes - made my eyelids really swollen
- apple cider vinegar (braggs) diluted and used as eye drops and scrubbed lids and lashes (slight improvement but only for a few days and even while I was still using it- it was back!)
-tea bags eye compresses and massage
- honey (slightly soothed lids but not eyes)
- baking soda eyewashes and scrubbing lashes only with solution (1/4 tsp in 1/2 cup water)- ok so this helped my lashes and eye balls but made my lids sore- I used A&D ointment to soothe them which helped but it was only helping a little and it just kept coming back after a few hours of not treating them.
- wet ones (ouch!)
So, I am a holistic type of person and believe that the body talks to us with illness, symptoms etc.
At first I thought maybe this is a fungal infection- Apple cider vinegar and baking soda would have worked if it was
Next I thought, its a mite infestation- so I used the ivermectin cream- nope, that didn't work
Then I thought, ok its bacterial and its just a really really hard thing to get rid of cause its in the eyelashes- OMG, this is going to take months to get rid of!
Then, I remembered I had read that a woman had posted about being anemic- she took some iron and her blepharitis cleared up. The first thing I thought was no way, it probably came back and she just never posted again to update. But then I thought, why not? Ive tried everything else and I don't want to deal with this for months and months or years and years.
Went to doc and got my iron checked (I just had blood work done a few months ago and she said everything came back normal) Turns out, they don't check your iron in a standard blood test for a physical- Guess what? I'm anemic....hmmmmm..interesting..maybe just maybe..please God ...Please let this be it
Started taking 25mg iron bysglycinate ( this type helps you not to get constipated- I have enough going on- who wants that too?)
I also got out my Ninja and blended up a spinach leaf smoothie - blueberries, strawberries, lots of spinach, kale and a squeeze of fresh lemon
Get ready.....its working! I mean its really really working! I had results as early as that night. The swelling started to go down, the itchiness felt better too. So we have all been there when something feels like its working but then it comes back right? Not this- not so far. its been a few weeks and I'm 100% back to normal- wearing makeup and everything!
Here is what I learned- hemoglobin (iron in our blood) supplies oxygen to the body- when our eyes don't get enough oxygen, they don't function properly. Iron needs Vitamin C for better absorption so I take it with a squeeze of lemon in my water , smoothie or juice. I also added liver capsules from the health food store. Its basically dehydrated calf liver (the organ meat which I cannot eat- yuck!) Because its food based and not a supplement, I thought it would be good too.
I continued with the baking soda eye washes, and eyelash wiping with a qtip in the solution and then put a tiny bit of A&D ointment on the red swollen lid for a few days just in case when I first started the iron.
I also have battled Candida for many many years. Guess what, Candida steals iron from our bodies to invade more cells. I added colostrum (cause it has lactoferrin in it) to protect the iron from candida. Otherwise, your basically just feeding your candida. Skip this step if you don't have candida although Colostrum seems to be SUPER good for you
So to recap
I am anemic. I have candida. I had blepharitis
I take 25mg iron bysglycanate a day
I take liver capsules 3 times day (am, lunch, and pm) or eat organ meat liver, pate, etc
I make a smoothie, juice or salad with spinach everyday if I can- always sure to have with lemon (sometimes I take ENER-C powder)
I take my iron pill with my colostrum or add it to my smoothie so it protects the iron from the candida.
I really really hope this helps someone out there. I have seen posts of people suffering for years. Be sure to not overdose on iron, it can be very dangerous- have your iron checked by your doctor, If your not anemic in your blood work, try adding lots of iron based foods to your diet and see if it helps- the liver capsules at the health food store are just dehydrated organ meat.
Good luck to you all. I hope this helps
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