This is a follow-up to my Blepharitis post on 7/10/06. A week after I wrote that post I had to fly to AZ on business for two days and of course I wore eye make-up. eye shadow, shadow mixed w/water for liner and mascara. Two days later had raging inflammation on my right eyelid, mild in left eye. Bad enough to cancel a flight back East for a friends wedding. Instead took the week off from work and followed a strict hot compress/eye scrub pads/no make-up routine. I also went to an accupuncturist who put me through an herbal (foul tea I had to drink) detox, no alcohol and no caffine. Missed my occasional glass of wine, but missed my morning coffee more. Major withdrawals from my usual 1 and 1/2 mugs a morning. He explained I needed to get the heat out of my body. After a week of grumpiness I started feeling much better and my eyes are clearer than they have been in a long time. My cheeks are also rosecea free. I then threw out my eye makeup, sterilized my brushes, went and bought new hypoallergenic eye makeup including a pencil liner and disposable one-use mascara wands. The key to controlling this desease which is caused by BACTERIA is to KEEP the EYELID MARGINS VERY CLEAN and bacteria free!! I went to a different opthomologist today and he confirmed there is no cure, only way to control it is to control the bacteria. He said everyone has bacteria on their eyelids, but ours is amplified. So use prepackaged eyelid scrubs or diluted baby shampoo w/qtips. I am facing the fact I can only wear eye make-up occasionally now, and must completely clean my eyelash margins two or three times a day. I have now worn makeup several times in the past two weeks and remained symptom free. I have also noticed that if I go several days without applying the hot compresses and trying to express the Meibomian glands, I can visibly see the little white plugs built up in the glands and my eyes get even more dry, which harbors bacteria. Hope this helps....it's an ongoing battle!
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