Recently my baby brought back conjunctivitis from nursery and gave it to me. It seemed to get worse and worse so I eventually went to see the doctor who gave me some Chloramphenicol ointment. It didn't seem to do much for me but the doctor said my conjunctivitis was gone and I had blepharitis. He just referred me to this website for advice. I tried the washing and hygene routine but it just seemed to aggravate the condition. I tried rubbing the Chloramphenicol ointment into the eyelids as well as putting it in the eye but that only made them itch more.
I tried doing absolutely nothing, i.e. not touching the eyes with anything at all, including my fingers, for about three days but that didn't work. I tried using Savlon antiseptic cream and also Golden Eye eye drops on the eyelids but they didn't do much. After having read the comment about Arnica 30 I went to Boots and bought some Arnica 30c pills. At the same time I decided to try a different antiseptic cream, Germolene with local aneasthetic, to see if this was any better than Savlon. I've been taking the Arnica pills and using the Germolene on my eyelids four times a day for about four days now and there has been a huge improvement.
Putting Germolene on my eyes is the only thing I've done with them over this time, i.e. no washing, etc. I'm hopeful for a full recovery now! What I've learnt from this is that all antiseptic creams are not the same. Savlon and Germolene are really the same type of cream but Savlon was useless and Germolene appears to be really effective. Germolene gives instant relief as well as it really helps the itching. I've no idea whether it is the Arnica pills, the Germolene, or both thats having the effect but certainly the combination of the two appears to be working.
Doctors may frown on putting antiseptic creams on the eyelid, so close to the eye however I've had no problems at all with the Germolene. With the Savlon I accidently got some in the eye and it really stung but with the Germolene it's been fine. From what people have said it is unlikely the Arnica and Germolene combination will work for everyone as it sounds like there are lots of different types and severities of blepharitis. If you've been trying to get rid of this awful condition for years though it's definitely worth a try, particularly as there's not significant expense involved.
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