Best Natural Treatment For Blepharitis in Adults and Children
Blepharitis is the name of a condition that affects the eyes. There is a microscopic skin mite called the Demodex mite. It causes many skin problems, and one of them is called blepharitis and affects the eye. The tiny mites burrow into the eyelash follicles and start eating the oil and dead skin inside. This cause the eyelash follicles to swell, as well as makes them grow with sharp parts on their shaft. As they grow they irritate the eyelid, causing further redness, swelling, scabbing, puss and dry eye.
It is possible to treat the causes in various ways, especially if it has associated diseases or complications such as tear duct dysfunction, viral infections, seborrheic dermatitis, allergic reaction, conjunctivitis or keratitis.
Treatment includes as a first step a thorough and ongoing eyelid hygiene routine. This involves a deep and regular cleansing of the free palpebral edge. The cleansing should be done as long as the infection persists, and still after to make sure that there are no lingering mites remaining in the skin. People often forget that a small few can become a great many, plus you must not forget that no treatment will get rid of the eggs, so you must continue to clean, to eye to catch the new hatchlings.
Besides the cleansing process, there is also the application of topical antibiotics (erythromycin, sulfacetamide), topical corticosteroids, and oral antibiotics (tetracycline, doxycycline, metronidazole). If necessary creams can be used with combinations of antibiotics plus corticosteroids, but only for short periods of time. This is because it does the immune system no good, plus it damages the eyelid skin and may cause permanent damage to the eye if the treatment goes on too long.
Some people use natural products to cleanse their eyes and to fix the problem its self. The best advice if you are planning on doing this is to test out a few natural products before you decide which works for you. Just like the prescription creams, antibiotics and drugs, there are different ones that work for different people. Neem oil may work for one person where Tea Tree oil may work for another.
There are two processes you may try which involves natural products. The first is to treat the problem; the second is part of the cleansing process. There are some natural products that may help to ease an infection and kill a few mites too. These usually come in some form of applicable cream or oil form. You should try them for a week or two at a time, but you may be better off trying your doctors advice first.
The second way to use natural products is for the cleansing process. You may wish to cleanse your eye with a natural product. So long as the product does your skin no harm, then the more cleansing the better. There are also soaps and oils embedded with anti-demodex agents. As a precaution, you may consider using them on your body and face, just in case your mites are living on your skin and migrating to your eyes to lay their eggs.