What is Blepharitis. Can Demodex Folliculorum Cause Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is the name of the condition caused by the Demodex mite. It occurs when the mites start breeding and lay eggs in the eyelashes of the victim.
Blepharitis is a very common disease in ophthalmology practice and usually follows a chronic course with intermittent exacerbations of symptoms. In other words, if you are unlucky enough to have Demodex mites near your eyes, then they are very difficult to get rid of.
More often than not, a persons symptoms differentiate between acute and chronic, the former are caused by a bacterial infection, usually Staphylococcus, while the latter relate to the involvement of the meibomian glands and blepharitis infested seborrheic glands. In other words, the symptoms become a whole lot worse when a bacterial infection is involved. Otherwise, your problem lies with the mites digging around and damaging your eyelash follicles, sweat glands, oil glands and tear ducts.
Blepharitis is commonly associated with systemic diseases such as rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis, and with eye diseases such as dry eye, chalazion, trichiasis, conjunctivitis and dermatitis. If you have one of these conditions then there is a chance that Demodex mites are involved. For example if they get into your skin around the colder areas of your nose and cheeks, then they start to eat the skin and turn it red. This damage over a long period of time leads to the condition known as rosacea.
As a chronic disease, treatments should be maintained for long periods; however, you should consider your actions carefully. Since antibiotics lower your immune system, which may lead to a sooner reoccurrence, and sulphur products harm the skin and make the place more hospitable for a mite recurrence, it is wise to use a natural product in the interim. If you are a chronic sufferer, then try a few natural products to see if they work for you. If they do, then use them between your “attacks” or when the problems are not as acute. They may help to fend off your next infection/infestation and may help avert the symptoms from getting worse.
Consider them a preventative measure if you suffer from a Demodex related chronic condition. Some people use a natural product on a regular basis because it helps them fend of future attacks. The smartest thing to do is test out a few during one of your attacks, prior to taking the doctors solution. That way if you see a difference and a positive effect, then you know which works for you and which does not.
The fact is that there are a lot of conditions out there that are caused by the Demodex mite, and Blepharitis (affecting the eye) is one of them. It is harder to treat because there are no creams that have high concentrations of pesticide, which are safe to use around the eye. Most prescription medications have a very small amount of pesticide in them, so that it causes no damage when it goes in someone’s eye. A lot of the time, it is a case of finding the right cure for the right person.