blepharitis

Treat Blepharitis Naturally

Gritty, itchy or flaky eyelids, also known as blepharitis, are caused by an inflamed eyelid edge or dry eye. In most cases the symptoms are worse in the morning than they are at night and those with blepharitis are at increased risk of getting other conditions such as styes. Though frustrating it is rarely serious and can be easily treated.

 

How do I know if I have blepharitis?

  • Watery eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Gritty sensation in eyes
  • Eyelids that appear greasy
  • Itchy eyes
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Red eyelids
  • Flaking of the skin around the eyes
  • Crusted eyelashes
  • Eyelid is sticking
  • Frequent blinking
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Abnormal eyelash growth
  • Loss of eyelashes

 

How do I prevent blepharitis?

  • Use hypoallergenic make-ups.
  • Keep conditions such as dandruff, eczema, and rosacea under control as these can all contribute to blepharitis.
  • Never touch your eyes without washing your hands first.
  • Treat dry eye.

 

How can I treat blepharitis?

  • Stop using your make-up until the irritation is cleared up.
  • Apply a warm, wet compress to your eyes for five to ten minutes, then gently rub the eyes with the compress to loosen and remove crusting.
  • Clean your eye lids with a mixture of one part baby shampoo to ten parts water to clean the eyelid.
  • Wash your eyelids with a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of hot water that has been cooled to help eliminate any skin allergens that are causing the flare up.
  • Eat a diet high in Omega-3’s to help promote healthy skin and cell growth.
  • Treat any dandruff symptoms in your hair.
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