Blepharitis is a condition of the eye, an ocular disease which causes inflammation and redness in the eyes due to infection in the eye lids. This infection can be anterior, on the top of the eye lids which we can see or posterior, in the portion of the eyelid that comes in contact with the eyes directly.
Reasons for one to develop this peculiar condition can be dandruff in the eyelashes and eyebrows (Seborrheic dermatitis), bacterial infection, improper functioning of the oil glands present in the eyes, eczema or lice in the lashes.This condition is often mistaken with conjunctivitis because of the itchiness, redness, teary eyes, burning sensation, loss of eyelashes, flaky skin around the eyes and sensitivity to light.
However, this is not even remotely related to conjunctivitis or dry eye. Since the symptoms cause so much of discomfort, it is essential to maintain cleanliness in and around the eye and protect it from any kind of exposure to pollutants to prevent the conditioning from worsening. For many, an anti inflammatory diet along with medication and home care helps. Here are some remedies that can help subside the severity of Blepharitis and also cure them with time if the routine is properly followed. For all of them, make sure that the hands, towels, or cotton used are sterilized or thoroughly cleaned to avoid eye problems.
7 Various Remedies For Blepharitis
1. Garlic Juice
Garlic has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it an easy and effective way to cleanse the eyes. To use, take one clove of garlic and peel of its skin. Wash thoroughly to get rid of extra skin or dirt.
Grind the clove to make a thick paste. Using a fine cotton cloth, extract the juice from the grinded paste. Using a clean or sterilized gauge, apply the juice to the affected area. Leave for about 6 hours, after which clean with cold water. You can leave it overnight and application on alternate days is advised.
2. Oil Pulling
Oil Pulling is an ancient method with immediate benefits for Blepharitis. It is also recommended by most of the doctors as a cure with 100% effectiveness. All you have to do is take about 2-3 tablespoons of virgin sunflower oil in the mouth.
Do not gargle or swallow, just swirl it all over in the mouth for 10-20 minutes and spit out completely into the toilet. The quickest way to get this method in action is by trying it twice a day regularly.
For many, it started showing positive results from the 5th day of regular swirling. It reduces the dryness in the eye too, which prevents attraction of bacteria on the eye lid and lashes.
3. Starch Warmer
It is essential to give the eye some warmth to heal faster. For this, take a glass of water and heat it. Meanwhile, thoroughly mix cold water in about 2 teaspoons of starch and add to the boiling water and stir till it turns to a hazy white liquid.
Using clean or sterilized gauze, apply the paste when it turns to warm temperature. Leave on for 20 minutes and then wipe with a moist towel. This should be done only once a day. It is a good cleanser and gives the eye the right temperature to heal and also reduces inflammation and irritation.
4. Wet Tea Bags
As a measure to sooth the irritation in the eyes, you can use wet tea bags. All you have to do is boil a cup of water and put 2 tea bags in it. After a few minutes take the tea bags out and let cool in a bowl. Lie down and press the teabags on the eyes and stay put for about half an hour.
Do this twice a day to reduce irritation. This method also softens the eye lids and thus makes it easy to remove the particles that accumulate. Alternatively, you can also use warm tea water on cotton swabs and clean the side of the eyes and the eyelids to remove dry dead skin and prevent accumulation of dirt on the eyes.
5. Salt Water
Salt water is used to get rid of the infectious substances from the eye and clear the lids of any particles that might be a cause of irritation. To use, take a teaspoonful of salt and add to warm water. After the salt gets dilutes, take a clean cloth and dip its edge in it and squeeze the extra water.
With gentle moves starting from the inside of the eye, rub out the scales or particles that are clogged on the eye. Clean the sides also with soft moves so as not to increase the irritation. You can also use cotton tip swabs for the same. Instead of salt, you can also use carbonate up to twice a day.
6. Hot And Cold Compresses
For many, alternate hot and cold compresses help reduce redness and itching associated with Blepharitis. In two separate bowls, take hot water and cold water. Use two different cotton pads and soak in them.
For the beginning squeeze water from the hot water cotton pad and use on eyelid for about 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes from the cold cotton pad. Change water and cotton pad and repeat the process for another eye. This is important to prevent the infection of one eye from spreading to the other.
7. Home Made Eyelid Scrub
Scrubbing is essential to remove the dead skin and other particles that accumulate on the eyelashes for other measures to work better. Also, it is essential to know that scrubbing on the irritational eyes, makes it worse. So the best time to scrub is once the irritation and swelling have subsided, but not completely vanished.
To make an eyelid scrub at home, in a bowl of warm water mix a pinch of carbonate and spoonful of baby shampoo. Take a soft cloth and wrap around your index finger. Dip the finger in the bowl and start rubbing the lids from inside to the out. Make sure the moves are gentle and minimum water enters the eye. Do this once a day for effective results.
Caution: Please use Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.