Blepharitis: therapy and eye drops


Treatment of blepharitis

Treatment of blepharitis includes:

  • Treatment of the underlying disease. Blepharitis is caused by seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea or other conditions and can be controlled by treating this condition.
  • Regular cleaning of the affected areas. Cleansing the eyelids with a hot cloth can help treat symptoms. Home remedies may be the only necessary treatments in most cases of blepharitis.
  • Antibiotics. Applying antibiotic-containing eye drops and ointments (bacitracin or sulfacetamide) to the eyelids can help treat blepharitis caused by bacteria. Frequently prescribed eye drops include Ciloxan. In some cases, antibiotics are administered in the form of tablets.
  • Eye drops and ointments with corticosteroids. Eye drops or eye ointments that contain cortisone can help reduce inflammation of the eyes and eyelids.
    For example, there are products such as Tobradex and Blephamide, which contain both antibiotics for the infection and cortisone for the inflammation.
  • Artificial tear fluid. Lubricants or artificial tear fluid are available without a prescription. They can help eliminate eye dryness.

Natural remedies for blepharitis

The aim of the heat is to soften the skin and any crusting on the eyelids. In this way, the oily secretions from the meibomian glands can flow more easily, as the heat allows the sebum to escape better.
The heat helps to loosen any oily plugs that block the sebaceous glands.
It is enough to apply heat to the eyelids for about five minutes.
For the preparation of a heat pack, the conventional method is to apply gentle pressure to the eyelids (about 5-10 minutes) using a cloth cloth immersed in hot water.

Massage the eyelids immediately after the heat pad. The massage helps the oily fluid to leak out of the meibomian glands.

  • To do this, use the index or middle finger and stroke with the fingertip from the inner to the outer angle along the eyelid.
  • You start with the upper eyelid. Place your finger in the corner of your eye near your nose and on the eyelid above your eyelashes.
  • Then guide your finger carefully, but with a little pressure, outwards.
  • Repeat this procedure with the lower eyelid, place the finger just below the eyelashes on the inner edge of the eye and stroke to the temples.
  • Repeat the massage 5 to 10 times for 30 seconds, immediately after this area has been treated with heat.
  • The massage must not be too delicate and not too firm.
  • Always massage with your eyes closed.

After heat and massage, you should clean your eyelids.

  • The traditional way is a cotton swab dipped in a mild soap solution (e.g. with a baby shampoo) or a special cleaning solution.
  • It is enough to add a few drops of shampoo to a cup of lukewarm water until the ratio of the water/shampoo solution is about 10:1.
  • Squeeze out the excessive amount of fluid with a cotton ball to prevent drops from getting into the eyes that can irritate it.
  • Above all, one should try to remove crust formations from the eyelid edge.
  • After eyelid cleaning with damp cotton wool, wash the shampoo from the eyelids with a cloth.
  • Some people recommend using sodium bicarbonate (a teaspoon in a cup of fresh water that has been boiled beforehand).
  • This is applied using a cloth or cotton swab.

Repeat the above procedure at least twice a day (heat, massage, cleansing) until the symptoms have subsided.

If the symptoms have decreased, this program should be repeated once a day to prevent further flare-ups.
If you suffer from recurrent blepharitis, you should make it a daily habit, like brushing your teeth.
Women should remove the make-up as soon as possible, because remnants of make-up can additionally clog the meibomian glands.

Treatment with pulsed light In this treatment, polychromatic pulsating light
is emitted, which has the following effect:

  • warming and dissolution of the oily substance contained in the meibomian glands;
  • Effect on the activity of the mitochondria (electricity centers of the cell), even if this effect has not been proven.

It takes 4 sessions lasting a few minutes; Improvements are noticeable from the first application.

Nutrition and diet for blepharitis

Many people believe that it is not possible to become healthy by changing their diet, but this is the most effective treatment measure and the best home remedy.
Blepharitis is an inflammation that can pass with a natural diet if it:

  • reduces toxins in the blood,
  • prevents blockage of the intestine.

There are two diets that, according to the experience of my patients, have shown excellent results without taking medication:

  1. Blood group diet
  2. Vegan diet/raw food diet

The first is based on proteins and is therefore suitable for people who do not want to give up meat.
The second is the right choice for vegetarians or vegans.

According to the blood group diet, there are foods that must be avoided depending on the blood group, while other foods that do not cause health problems may be consumed.
However, there are foods that are fundamentally unhealthy:

  • pork and cold cuts, because our immune system is not compatible;
  • milk, yogurt and cheese;
  • cereals containing gluten (wheat, oats, spelt, barley, etc.);
  • chewing gum because of the sweeteners it contains;
  • sweets, especially cream dishes;
  • fried and smoked foods.

The recommended foods are protein-based:

  • legumes (need to be soaked for a day),
  • Meat
  • fish (beware of crustaceans),
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable.

The vegan diet/raw food diet recommended by hygienism is based on:

  • nuts and seeds,
  • raw vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables,
  • Fruit and dried fruit.
  • Some naturopaths such as Lezaeta also recommend eggs.

A fasting cure can speed up healing if the patient has no contraindications; when fasting, one must not take any medication.

According to conventional medicine, in the case of blepharitis, it is especially useful to follow a diet that does not overload the liver and intestines.

How long does blepharitis last? (Forecast)

Good hygiene (regular cleaning of the area) can keep the signs and symptoms of blepharitis under control and prevent complications.
This procedure must be repeated over a long period of time to avoid recurrence, as blepharitis is a chronic disease.
If blepharitis is associated with an underlying condition such as dandruff or rosacea, treating this condition can alleviate blepharitis.

Patients who experience multiple episodes of blepharitis rarely cure completely.
Even if the treatment works, recurrences are common.

Without eliminating the cause and changing the diet, this disorder will not definitely pass.

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