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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Home Remedies For Eyelid Inflammation

Eyelid Inflammation, blepharitis, eye infection

Eyelashes have hair follicles which contain oil glands. If these glands become clogged or irritated because of an eye infection, blepharitis or eyelid inflammation may happen.

There are two classifications of blepharitis: anterior and posterior. Anterior blepharitis occurs at the outer lids of the eyes where the eyelashes are attached, while posterior blepharitis occurs in the inner corners of the eyes and is usually caused by problematic oil glands.

It is yet unknown what exactly causes blepharitis, aside from certain types of bacterial infections and malfunctioning oil glands. Some factors may also increase the risk of acquiring the disease, such as dandruff on scalp or eyebrows, eyelash mites or lice, allergic reactions to eye makeup, and side effects of medication.

Blepharitis causes a lot of discomforts and can affect the eye vision. Some of the common symptoms of blepharitis include itchy eyelids, red and swollen eyes, foreign body or burning sensations in the eyes, oily eyelids, watery or dry eyes, frothy tears, crusting at the base of the eyelashes, increased sensitivity to light, blurry vision, and eyelash loss.

If left untreated, blepharitis can lead to serious eye infections. A thorough eye examination by the doctor can rule out the possibility of a serious infection caused by the existence of bacteria, fungi, or viruses.

Eyelid Inflammation, blepharitis, eye infection

In cases of minor symptoms, here are some effective home remedies for blepharitis.

1. Proper Eyelid Hygiene

Good hygiene is a significant part in the treatment of eyelid inflammation. The practice of good skin and eyelid regimen can help prevent recurrences. Regularly cleanse your eyelids with lukewarm water or use a cleaning solution prescribed by your doctor. This will prevent the crust from forming on the lashes, as well as oil residue and scaly patches on the eyelids. Moreover, use antibacterial shampoo to wash your hair, scalp, and eyebrows.

2. Tea Tree Oil

Applying a drop or two of tea tree oil on the irritated eyelids can effectively treat blepharitis and relieve its symptoms. The tea tree oil must be diluted first with a natural oil (coconut oil or olive oil) by mixing a few drops of both oils together. Dip a cotton bud in the solution then place them over the closed eyelids for about 5-10 minutes. This will reduce the itching and inflammation caused by blepharitis. It is recommended to do this in the morning time and before going to sleep.

3. Warm Compress

Warm compress is an effective home remedy for blepharitis. It helps loosen the crust formed around the eyelashes. It also helps dilute oil secretions from the oil glands, thus, reducing the risk of swollen lumps. Not to mention, the heat from the warm compress improves blood circulation, which helps in quick healing.

Apply a warm (not hot) compress on the closed eyelids for 5 to 10 minutes. A washcloth warmed with hot water is usually fine, although special eye packs that can be heated in the microwave are available to buy.

4. Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Last 2013, a study published in the International Journal of Ophthalmology states that omega-3 fatty acids have a positive role in treating dry eye syndrome, along with conditions such as blepharitis and meibomian gland disease. These fatty acids aid the meibomian glands to function properly, which is important in the proper lubrication of the eyes and eyelid comfort. Although, the role of omega fatty acids in tear production and secretion needs further assessment.

Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, tuna, trout, flaxseeds, and walnuts, is beneficial to the health. The fatty acids can also be taken in the form of supplements, per the approval of your doctor.

5. Aloe Vera

The moisturizing property of aloe vera is very helpful in treating eyelid inflammation. Keeping the eyelids properly moisturized will help prevent the formation of crust and flakes. Plus, its anti-inflammatory property helps lessen the redness, swelling, and inflammation. It is also effective against infections.

Extract fresh aloe vera gel from an aloe vera leaf by cutting it open. Apply the fresh gel over the closed eyelids, and rub very gently. Leave it for 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Use this remedy for 2-3 time every day.

Use fresh aloe vera gel only.

Written by Kristine Ang, Lucis Philippines contributor.
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