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Hey guys, I want to share my story with you in the hopes that this will cure other suffers. I also want you to let me know how it works with you.
I suffered with Blepharitis for about a couple of years, I'm not sure how it all started but damn it was so annoying. Red eyes, flakes, it really impacted on the quality of my life. If you go to see any medical professional they will say there is no cure and shoo you away. Well I'm a chemist myself and like to experiment, I was first hit by a newspaper article in the Daily Mail about a man that cured his Blepharitis with a 99p jar of honey applying twice daily, morning and night.
I thought okay, this is the Daily Mail! Might be a load of hogwash, but being a chemist I know that Honey is jam packed with antibacterial agents as well as antioxidants etc. I bought a jar and tried it anyway - any jar will do but I found the darker honey (less refined) better. I tried two, a clear brand from Essex way and Rowse dark honey but honestly, any will do. Sometimes I only applied this once a day and mixed it with a little bit of saliva before applying to my eyes, sometimes eating some too! The honey dries fairly soon, so it does not feel weird or give you more discomfort by the way. Sure enough after 2-4 weeks the flakes had gone. I was still left with redness and some dry skin but not the flakes that would constantly have to be brushed away.
I tried all sorts, I felt the eye cream goldeneye provided very limited relief but I used that, I used optrex on my eyes (This is like a coffee for my eyes, pretty good in the morning!) and felt that taking Vitamin B / Cod Liver Oil also contributed but I think my best aid came in the form of a certain type of exercise...
Swimming, I think that the chlorine and chemicals in the pool could have helped to alleiviate the symptoms. Here I am now with totally normal eyelids from suffering all this, so I just wanted to share it. Also I would recommend you keep touching your eyes to a minimum to stop the propagation of your symptoms. I hope this helps! Any questions please reply...
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Hey Susan, thanks for your reply. In my case, perhaps in many others these symptoms appeared when there wasn't any symptoms or family history of this before. I thought more along those lines than glands or ducts themselves. At the same time it was just what the hell, let's try it. With the flaking, that may have led more to shedding due to an infection too. So then I was down to, bacteria or fungal and how to get any agents to the site of infection. But in my mind, I think it has to be near the surface with the shedding.
Hi UK Survivor
I have suffered from this awful thing for a few years too. I see the notifications on 'cures' countless times but something made me click on your post! I've been told I suffer form Seborrhoeic Dermatitis which means I have MGD. I also have a dry/itchy scalp and suffer from dryness on other areas too. I've been to specialists who've told me it's inherent. Now I know what that means but how can it reversed? By completing changing my diet and yoga?! Anyway, I thought what the heck, I might just try honey and a cod liver oil supplement and see what happens... by the way, I've tried nearly everything in book... but thanks! You have given me hope 😀
Hi Davina, many thanks for your comment and reading my post. I guess there is always hope and when you learn everything comes down to molecules, everything seems so much more simple and you think, there has to be a way! Come to mention diet, I have changed to low carb and no processed food diet as well. Basically greengrocers, butchers and fishmonger diet! It's the best diet out there I think haha. Cheaper, nutritious and delicious! Please let me know how it works out, putting sticky honey on your eyes may feel a bit weird at first but I think it will help.
Thank you for replying! It's good to know you're not alone in your suffering! I will definitely try the honey... how long is it before you'd expect to see a result? A month or 2? My diet isn't the best but I am determined to eat healthier. Would you say you are symptom-free now? I'm. So tired of having dull, sore eyes, it really makes me so depressed!
3 months or more to completely kill bacteria so it don't come back
Glad you've found something that helps.
I've suffered for about 12 years Andy only recently after about my 100th flare up I went to speak to my doctor as I was feeling suicidal.
I was prescribed citalopram and kept up with my hot compresses with a mask I bought from Amazon. I've also been using a coconut shampoo and that's been helping more than anything.
The way I've kept it at bay is by getting my depression sorted out. I feel it had been a massive factor to my blepharitis
Hey Grogger, thanks for your reply. I totally agree with everything you have said. When you are stressed or depressed your body can't function as well and you need it to to fight off any infections etc. Hot compresses do help too, I found they keep it at bay for a day or two. There heat killing off an infection, maybe give the honey a go?
Thanks for sharing your tips. I have been following this thread for about a year but have been suffering for about 5. What is helping me tremendously right now is using a small palm full of baby shampoo with 2 drops pure tea tree oil as a face/eye lid wash. After 1 week, twice a day, I haven't had any flakes, wake up without that gross crust on my eye lids and have been able to apply mascara. It's a strict regimen but the pay off is wonderful. As long as I can maintain without flareups or red eyes, I'm a happy camper.
Yes, cup the palm and I don't dilute the baby shampoo. Size is approx size of USA nickel coin. After adding 2 drops tea tree oil, I just rub my hands together a little then apply to face. Sometimes I splash water on my face first. And carefully rub closed eyes, paying attention to the lashes. This has really helped me. Sometimes lashes come out. But what are you gonna do? Good luck.
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