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MikeS
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Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 12:20 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm looking for something other than Johnson's Baby Shampoo and a warm compress to try and clean my eyelids.

I've been having a problem with my eyes getting terribly red. My eye doc said it was blepharitis and to just use warm compresses and the baby shampoo to try and keep the eyelids clean and not allow the natural bacteria to accumulate and multiply.

It turns out the the Johnson's Baby Shampoo contains some corn based ingredients, and citric acid, so I'd like to try something else,

Although my early data suggested that maybe the eyes were a response to food, now I'm not sure

Any thoughts would be very much appreciated.

Thanks,
Mike
Jennifer
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Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 10:07 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've read in veterinary texts that to treat blepharitis usually involves keeping the eye area clean and cleansing with an antiseptic like Betadine (Povidone-Iodine) or a clorhexidine solution. I've not researched the ingredients but can state from experience that Betadine doesn't hurt scratches/wounds. And turtles swim in a weak solution without any apparent discomfort to their eyes.

Maybe something like a diluted oil of oregano instead of soap?
kristy
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Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 1:44 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mike,

From what I've read, blepharitis is bacterial in nature. The doc's solution is to strip the oil out of your eyelash follicles with soap, thereby removing the bacteria in the oil? I am thinking that stripping out the natural oils with detergent would leave your eyes more vulnerable to an inbalance in the natural bacteria and infection.

Virgin coconut oil is antibacterial. You could try using warm compresses of just water to clean the eyelids and then apply coconut oil. Coconut oil is powerful stuff and it would stay on your eyelids for some time to protect them (with the added benefit of soothing them). We use coconut oil on my son's acne and it has made a noticeable difference. It sounds counter-intuitive but acne is about bacteria in the oil of the face and most remedies dry out the skin which makes the skin more fragile and irritated. The coconut oil moisturizes the skin but kills bacteria present in the acne.

There are tons of references about colloidal silver for eye infections, so you may want to check that out. It seems to be a safe antibiotic that you could possibly add to the warm water of the compresses.

HTH,
Kristy
Di
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Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 4:47 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have been using boric acid eye rinses for many years (something my mother taught me about). It was always very soothing.

http://www.ehow.com/how_4899721_make-boric-acid-eye-wash.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boric_acid
MikeS
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Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 9:17 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thank you all.

I'm going to have to do some serious research on this. Bathing my eyes in acid really scares me.

I will read the links.

Good tip!

Mike

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