Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies for both - Anterior blepharitis as well as Posterior blepharitis

Blepharitis
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - BLEPHARITIS

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for Blepharitis

General description and overview of Blepharitis
 

Blepharitis is a common eye disorder that causes inflammation, redness, swelling, irritation, itchy eyelids and the formation of dandruff-like scales on eyelashes and dried crusts of the eyelids. It typically affects the margins of the eyelids. The condition can be difficult to manage because it tends to recur.

This often-recurring condition is associated with bacterial infections or skin disorders such as dandruff of the scalp or acne rosacea. It affects people of all ages. Although uncomfortable, blepharitis is not contagious and generally does not cause any permanent damage to eyesight.

Blepharitis is not serious but the symptoms can cause much discomfort and it is therefore imperative that eye hygiene becomes a daily routine. Luckily, symptoms may be alleviated easily. In many cases, good eyelid hygiene and a regular cleaning routine can control blepharitis. This includes frequent scalp and face washing, using warm compresses to soak the eyelids, and doing eyelid scrubs. In cases where a bacterial infection is the cause, various antibiotics and other medications may be prescribed along with eyelid hygiene.

Herbal & homeopathic products recommended for Blepharitis

Conjunct-a-Clear™

Natural eye supplements for relief of ocular irritations, such as sore, red, or itchy eyes.

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Skin Dr.™

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Symptoms of Blepharitis

Blepharitis is classified into two types:     

     a)  Anterior blepharitis occurs at the outside front edge of the eyelid where the eyelashes are attached.
     b)  Posterior blepharitis affects the inner edge of the eyelid that comes in contact with the eyeball.

Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Eyelids have the following symptoms:
    • Crusty
    • Reddened
    • Swollen
    • Itching
    • Burning

  • Blinking causes a granular sensation (like sand or dust in the eye)
  • Gritty or burning sensation in the eye
  • Red, swollen, irritated or inflamed (inflammation of other eye tissue, particularly the cornea) eyes
  • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Crusted debris in the eyelashes or in the corner of the eyes, particularly on awakening
  • Flaky skin around the eyes
  • Dryness of the eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Excessive tearing and frothy tears


Herbal & Homeopathic supplements /medicines for Anterior blepharitis & Posterior blepharitis. Missing or misdirected eyelashes is another symptom of blepharitis. Amazingly, abnormal growth of eyelashes may also occur instead.

Diagnosis

Blepharitis can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination. Testing, with special emphasis on evaluation of the eyelids and front surface of the eyeball, may include:

  • Patient history to determine any symptoms the patient is experiencing and the presence of any general health problems that may be contributing to the eye problem.
  • External examination of the eye, including lid structure, skin texture and eyelash appearance.
  • Evaluation of the lid margins, base of the eyelashes and meibomian gland openings using bright light and magnification.
  • Evaluation of the quantity and quality of tears for any abnormalities.
  • A special magnifying instrument may be used during the examination and a sample of skin deposits may be collected to check for any bacteria.

A differentiation among the various types of blepharitis can often be made based on the appearance of the eyelid margins:

  • Staphyloccal blepharitis patients frequently exhibit mild sticking together of the lids, thickened lid margins, and missing and misdirected eyelashes.
  • Seborrheic blepharitis appears as greasy flakes or scales around the base of eyelashes and a mild redness of the eyelids.
  • Ulcerative blepharitis is characterized by matted, hard crusts around the eyelashes that when removed, leave small sores that ooze and bleed. There may also be a loss of eyelashes, distortion of the front edges of the eyelids and chronic tearing. In severe cases, the cornea, the transparent front covering of the eyeball, may also become inflamed.
  • Meibomian blepharitis is evident by blockage of the oil glands in the eyelids, poor quality of tears, and redness of the lining of the eyelids.

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Causes of Blepharitis

Blepharitis occurs in two forms:

Anterior blepharitis affects the outside front of the eyelid, where the eyelashes are attached. Bacteria (staphylococcal blepharits) or dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows (seborrheic blepharitis) commonly causes anterior blepharitis. It may also occur due to a combination of factors, or less commonly may be the result of allergies (such as eczema) or an infestation of the eyelashes (such as lice infestation).

Posterior blepharitis affects the inner eyelid (the moist part that makes contact with the eye) and is caused by problems with the oil (meibomian) glands in this part of the eyelid. Two skin disorders can cause this form of blepharitis: acne rosacea, which leads to red and inflamed skin, and scalp dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis).

Other conditions/complications associated with blepharitis

Complications from blepharitis include:

  • Stye - A red tender bump on the eyelid that is caused by an acute infection of the oil glands of the eyelid.
  • Chalazion - This condition can follow the development of a stye. It is a usually painless firm lump caused by inflammation of the oil glands of the eyelid. Chalazion can be painful and red if there is also an infection.
  • Problems with the tear film - Abnormal or decreased oil secretions that are part of the tear film can result in excess tearing or dry eye. Because tears are necessary to keep the cornea healthy, tear film problems can make people more at risk for corneal infections.

Natural remedies and causes of Anterior blepharitis & Posterior blepharitis. The irregular oil production by the glands of your eyelids (known as meibomian blepharitis) create a favorable environment for bacterial growth.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Blepharitis

More and more people are opting for a more natural approach to skin health as they become aware of the synthetic ingredients and chemicals used in skincare and cosmetics. Nature has a few selected herbal and homeopathic ingredients to support skin health and functioning and promote healthy cell renewal.

Two wonderful herbs such as Galium aperine (Cleavers) and Trifolium pratense (red clover) have a wide range of therapeutic benefits and also purifies and detoxifies the body’s system. Homeopathic ingredients such as Natrium muriaticum and Kalium muriaticum help to promote a well-hydrated skin and act as a blood and lymph cleanser as well as waste eliminator.

To support healthy lymphatic functioning and treat the symptoms of a range of skin conditions, including eczema, acne, dandruff, cradle cap, as well as itchy skin conditions like allergic rashes.

  • Natrium Muriaticum 6C (Nat. Mur.) - This is a biochemic tissue salt which helps to maintain the body's water balance and is an essential component of all living cells. This tissue salt has an excellent reputation for effectively treating eczema (dry and scaly as well as itching and weeping). It is also useful for the treatment of allergic rashes and all itching skin conditions, including chicken pox.
  • Kalium Sulphate 6C (Kali. Sulph.) - This is a biochemic tissue salt that helps to distribute oxygen throughout the body and to each individual cell and keeps all cell membranes healthy. By providing essential oxygen to inflamed or infected cells, Kali. Sulph. effectively promotes healing, reduces inflammation and removes infected or dead cells. This tissue salt is well-known for its ability to treat stubborn eczema and psoriasis and is equally effective in treating other skin conditions such as acne, ringworm, dandruff, herpes blisters, warts and fungal infections of the skin and helps to promote the growth of new cells.
  • Galium aperine (Cleavers) - This is a herb which has been used in folk medicine for many centuries as a cleansing tonic and lymphatic cleanser and blood purifier. Regular use helps to expel toxins from the body and therefore assist in the treatment of chronic skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne.

To clean & clear skin texture, both from outside as well as inside (particularly for acne rosacea, dermatitis & eczema)

  • Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil) is a traditional remedy of the Aboriginal tribes of Australia. Studies have shown that it has exceptional benefits for the skin.
  • Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos) is an indigenous shrub, which grows exclusively on the slopes of the Cedarberg Mountains in the Western Cape province of South Africa and has been used by traditional healers of the area for centuries. Now known worldwide for its anti-oxidant properties, the soothing effect of Rooibos on the skin is also evident.
  • Bulbine frutescence is indigenous to South Africa and is widely used as a home remedy and by traditional healers for the skin. Commonly called Bulbinella, bulbine is effective in supporting skin health and is highly recommended for the natural first aid kit, Its clear and soothing gel forms an invisible 'seal' over the skin, providing ongoing skin conditioning and support throughout the day.
  • Hydrocotyle asiatica tr. (Gotu cola) is a plant that grows throughout Africa and Asia and is used both topically and internally to cleanse as well as support circulation. It has also been studied with regards to supporting the skin.
  • Vitamin E oil – researched for its ability to support healthy skin cells.
  • Glycorrhiza glabra tr. – studied for its ability to help maintain skin health.
  • Carbo vegetabilis (30C) is best for patients who are usually identified by the characteristic engorgement of capillary circulation. Their faces are often purplish, and usually any little stimulating food or drink will bring a flush to the face. The skin is said to look ‘lazy’ and sluggish with the head burning hot but the body often remaining cold. Every keeper of tropical or marine fish knows that charcoal filters are best for removing toxins and gasses retained in water!
  • Calcarea silicata (30C) is an ingredient that combines calcium molecules and silica molecules. Calcarea silicata is regarded as a deep, long-acting remedy for complaints which come on slowly and reach their final development after long periods.

Herbal & homeopathic products recommended for Blepharitis

Conjunct-a-clear for Anterior blepharitis & Posterior blepharitis.

Conjunct-a-Clear™

Natural eye supplements for relief of ocular irritations, such as sore, red, or itchy eyes.

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Skin Dr. for Anterior blepharitis & Posterior blepharitis.

Skin Dr.™

Helps maintain lymphatic functioning, promoting blemish-free healthy skin.

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Dietary rcommendations in Blepharitis

Some helpful dietary habits in blepharitis include:
  • Vitamin A deficiency is linked with chronic blepharitis hence people prone to this disease should take ample of this vitamin found easily in the form of beta carotene in whole milk, curds, egg yolk, pumpkin, carrots, leafy vegetables, tomatoes, mangoes, and papaya.

  • Also, eat food rich in vitamin C and zinc as both of them improve your immunity level immensely. Diet containing fresh fruits and vegetables should provide you with enough vitamin C in a day although emphasis must be given on citrus fruits (fresh fruits in totality and not their juice only) like grapes and blackberries, as they also contain bioflavonoids. Some important fruits and vegetables are blackcurrant, vegetables (broccoli, potatoes), red capsicums and chillies, strawberry, kiwifruit and rockmelon. Seafood (particularly shellfish and oysters), wheat germ, dairy products, chicken, beef, eggs and nuts are rich sources of zinc.

  • Mixed raw vegetable juices like that containing equal parts of spinach and carrot are good sources of all that is required to provide you with relief and important nutrients during the worst of the symptoms.

  • Avoid refined foods and foods containing trans-fatty acids such as white breads, pastas, cookies, sugar, cream,  crackers, cakes, rice, boiled potatoes, puddings and pies, condiments, pickles, sauces, French fries, onion rings, donuts, and margarine.

  • In general, eat foods such as fish, spinach, leeks and blueberries that encourage overall eye health

  • Avoid excessive consumption of stimulants like tea, coffee, alcohol, and tobacco.

  • Go heavy on fluids - Drink at least 7 - 8 glasses of water daily


Herbal remedies and dietary recommendations for Anterior blepharitis & Posterior blepharitis. Instead of red meats, go for more lean meats, cold-water fish, tofu (soy, if no allergy) or, still better, beans for protein.

Dos and don'ts (precautions) in Blepharitis

Treatment depends on the specific type of blepharitis. The key to treating most types of blepharitis is keeping the eyelids clean and free of crusts. As blepharitis rarely goes away completely, most patients must maintain an eyelid hygiene routine for life.

  • Warm compresses should be applied to the lid to loosen the crusts, followed by gentle scrubbing of the eyes with a mixture of water and baby shampoo or an over-the-counter eyelid-cleansing product.

               Directions for a Warm Soak of the Eyelids:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Moisten a clean washcloth (flannel recommended) with warm water.
  • Close eyes and place washcloth on eyelids for about 5 minutes, reheating the washcloth as necessary.
  • Repeat several times daily.

               Directions for an Eyelid Scrub:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Mix warm water and a small amount of non-irritating (baby) shampoo or sodium bicarbonate or use a commercially prepared lid scrub solution recommended by your optometrist.
  • Using a clean cloth (a different one for each eye) rub the solution back and forth across the eyelashes and edge of the closed eyelid.
  • Rinse with clear water.
  • Repeat with the other eye.
  • This routine should be repeated at least four times a day to relieve symptoms, and then once a day to prevent recurrences.


Homeopathic remedies and precautions in Anterior blepharitis & Posterior blepharitis. Stop smoking – smoking irritates the eyes causing them to become sore and dehydrated.

  • If the glands in the eyelids are blocked, the eyelids may need to be massaged to clean out oil accumulated in the eyelid glands. Massage the eyelids by gently rolling your first finger on the eyelids to push out mucus-like fluid from the tiny eyelid glands.
  • Artificial tear solutions or lubricating ointments may be prescribed in some cases to reduce dryness and minimize the feeling of gritty eyes.
  • When scalp dandruff is present, use of an anti-dandruff shampoo on the scalp can help.
  • Limiting or stopping the use of eye makeup is often recommended, as its use will make lid hygiene more difficult. Else, use eye make-up specifically formulated for sensitive eyes. Also, remove eye make-up thoroughly with gentle water-based eyelid cleansers after you have worn it to enable the eyelids to breathe
  • If you wear contact lenses, you may have to temporarily discontinue wearing them during treatment.
  • Wear protective eyewear to protect eyes from UV rays when outside
  • Avoid exposure to smoke and chemical fumes
  • Patients who also have acne rosacea should have that condition treated at the same time.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes when a flare-up occurs
  • Get as much sleep as possible to prevent soreness, puffiness and fatigue
  • If blepharitis is associated with skin conditions such as dandruff or acne rosacea, these conditions need to be treated first to relieve the symptoms of blepharitis.

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Herbal & homeopathic products recommended for Blepharitis

Conjunct-a-Clear™

Natural eye supplements for relief of ocular irritations, such as sore, red, or itchy eyes.

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Skin Dr.™

Helps maintain lymphatic functioning, promoting blemish-free healthy skin.

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