Tried manuka honey no15 after getting no relief from using wipes recommended by optician...results were instant, itching stopped immediately and skin surrounding eyes felt moisturised....I'm a convert. It is expensive but well worth it.... also tastes good! Smear on eyes with clean finger, might sting a bit...leave for 5-10mins then rinse.....twice a day is working for me.....
(Redondo Beach, Ca)
Yes the honey works brilliantly for blepharitis. We treated my father-in-law with honey drops and they succeeded in keeping it completely pain and irritation free. His belpharitis was connected to his glaucoma and he was told he would always have it. He was given many different types of eye drops from the hospital, non of which worked, so the honey was a blessed relief for him. I would heartily recommend it.
(Los Angeles, Ca)
(Fountain Inn, Sc)
I am suffering from this condition for 3 years. My current own therapy is:
-face wash and warm compress 10 minutes (when I wake up)
-ordinary honey on lids 10 minutes, face wash, lid cleaning with q-tip (15h and 19h)
-face wash and warmcompress 10 minutes (before midnight)
-castor oil (2 drops) mixed with tea tree oil (1 drop), before I go to sleep, around midnight
It's better but not cured, will keep doing this for few weeks. Will try manuka honey if this fails, and/or get another oil instead of castor (coconut, or fish oil with omega supplements)
After reading this site about manuka honey for blepharitis, I tried a honey called Valentines and it is very very strong and burnt when I applied it, however, I used a small amount in organic coconut oil as a carrier and overnight my eyes have settled down and feel much better. I stopped washing them with warm water as I think this affects the natural moisturing affect in the eyes if you do it too much. The coconut oil does affect your vision temporarily but hopefully it will cure the condition and I won't need it except when I'm sleeping to control it. I wonder whether it is from being tested as every time I go to get them tested or get new glasses I seem to end up with it again. Only to be told its because of the sub tropical heat which causes it.
Hope this helps someone else as this site has helped me. Cheers
So, my wife, Julie, has been dealing with blepharitis for 14 months now. It started with a flaky, itchy rash (like eczema) on her upper eyelids and then it spread to her lower eyelids. It would also cause her left eye to water and tear up. She went to an allergist, a dermatologist and a esthetician to seek treatment. She tried creams, ointments, steroid creams, air purifiers (in case it was caused by an airborne allergen) and vitamin therapy. On a few occasions, it went away and then came back even worse. Needless to say, she was getting enormously frustrated that this condition might go on forever since nothing that the doctors prescribed was working.
I started looking for alternatives for her and came across a few people touting the claims of Manuka honey. The more I read up on it, the more I was convinced that it might do the trick. We went to Whole Foods and bought the most potent manuka honey we could find (+16). A higher number means higher potency. It was an expensive jar of honey, and if we were going to eat it, it would be nuts, but this was medicine. Julie put it on for 10 minutes at a time and left it on lightly overnight and, after one night, the upper eyelid inflammation and rash was GONE! After 48 hours, the entire thing was gone. She burst into tears after the first morning and is just absolutely stunned by how fast it worked and how effortless the application is. No side effects, no danger of a chemical in the eye...just all natural pure manuka honey did the trick.
If you are in that same boat and nothing is working for you, I highly recommend that you give Manuka Honey a try. It's really a miracle cure for this condition.
I just read an Article on Google about a man who had this condition for 8 years. Well, I've had mine for 1 and its so painful and irritating hurts, well this man cured it in himself with... guess what it is? Honey. So I'm all for natural treatments and in Australia I'm learning about the aboriginal cures they work so I'm looking into plants also natural but mananuka honey has in fact got an antibacterial ingredient in it. Any honey, but pure is better the "mananuka" tree or flower in Australia, has the quality, if it worked for him it will work for me, I'll get back to you guys on what works, ok? But the honey twice a day I'm trying, he said that he cured it, 100% and he looks happy. Thank you.
I was reading about this condition and it seems like it is in the eczema "family" of ailments, some people call it "eyelid eczema". I remember this pine tar shampoo I have used in the past that advertises that it is for dandruff, psoriasis, etc. and it helped me to come up with a good chemical-free protocol for this condition, I believe. I have also upped my intake of omega 3's internally.
This has been working really well: I do this at least 3x per day. Once upon waking, sometime in the middle of the day or after work, and once before bed. I wash my hands really well before doing this. I keep all of these items in a small plastic tub and just pull it out when I need it.
pine tar shampoo, shot glass, washcloth, sterile gauze pads or cotton balls, 10 or 15ppm colloidal silver, coconut honey balm(equal parts manuka honey and virgin coconut oil heated gently and mixed thoroughly together, they come together as they cool)
-I first dilute a bit of pine tar shampoo in hot water in a shot glass and use one corner of a washcloth to gently scrub my eyelids with it, keeping them tightly closed. (sometimes the crusty skin will flake off, this is good.)
-I then use another corner of the washcloth to rinse with warm water and gently scrub them. I pat them dry with a dry part of the cloth.
-I use sterile cotton balls or gauze to dab them gently with 10ppm colloidal silver. I let them air dry.
-Then I treat them with a thin layer of a mix of equal parts manuka honey and virgin coconut oil (I tried manuka honey on its own, but my eyelids felt too sticky. I tried coconut oil on its own, but it would drip into my eye and it felt uncomfortable for all day. The combo seems to keep the stuff right where you need it, and not as sticky.)
I have never had this condition before and I send blessings to anyone who has it. I hope you find relief using something on this site, whether it is my remedy or another one. I am so thankful for this forum! Love and peace to all of you.
Warm Compress for MGD Chalazion, Blepharitis & Sterile Honey Eye drops that work!
Okay first up,
I would like to say, if you have dry eye symptoms - check them out with a optometrist asap! (it could prevent a whole host of issues from developing - I didn't because I live remotely so couldn't and the doctors said "it was nothing", so I trusted, but I dearly wish I had acted then, now!)
About me: 45, female, genrally very healthy. I experienced dry eyes on occasion through out my life- then I moved to a climate where aircon is required almost all the time and started seriously getting dry eyes after a few years, then came the lumps and now the blepharitis...
Secondly I have not used this Warm Compress method yet, but as someone experiencing all the listed issues I have tried many many types of compresses and treatments with little success and really felt very in the in the dark about how to make a compress effective.
Then I came across this link from an optometry site and just had to share!
Lastly I have also just started using this product which feels amazing and is natural! (yes it will sting - but as I have been putting straight honey in my eyes prior, it is fine to me ;)
Manuka Honey Antibacterial Gel (you can find it on ebay)
I have also discovered there could be a hormonal link that isn't being addressed - so here is the info in case it can help you.
Blepharitis cure all
I first tried vinegar and water, nasal salt rinses etc and nothing was soothing my eye lids. Then I tried honey and due to its natural antibacterial properties as well as being very nourishing and healing, I got relief. But here's ultimately what worked -
Get cystane eye wipes and cystane high performance eye drops from the pharmacy.
Also get baby wipes that are (and this is key) parfum or scent free, sensitive, non-alcohol, non-chlorine. Wipe and cleanse the eyes. Then take medical grade vitamin A & E oil that you can find in a health food store.
Combine that oil with a couple of drops of tea tree oil. Massage all over face. Watch as your skin thanks you and you finally find ultimate relief and a preventive measure that will keep another reoccuring infection at bay. Continue even after the rash is gone to add the vitamin A&E oil into your moisturizer to build up the eye lids and keep them strong.
Finally, keep a bottle of nizoral on hand. Most people get this because they have a slight to major dandruff issue by producing too much cebum and the flakes are actually fungus and can cause infection. Even now and then, you have to cleanse your scalp if you're prone to this. As it is a fungus and not a bacteria based infection, please do not get prescriptions of antibiotics from your doctor. All you are doing is killing the good and bad bacteria in your gut and compromising your immune system further.
Get your rest. Go to bed early. And another thing I did was I threw out all my makeup and washed and cleansed all my makeup brushes. Bacteria and fungus can linger in those products and brushes wish can also cause this. Do a thorough clean-up.
First, your eye doctor will tell you to wash with baby shampoo. If you're lucky they will tell you to dilute it. Most baby shampoos contain sodium laurel sulfate so if you're allergic to this, it's not the way to go. I use an SLS free baby shampoo diluted. Eye professionals generally do not tell you to change your pillow cases every night, wash and double rinse them in hot water. They do not tell you to make sure you are cleaning your eyeglasses twice daily making sure to clean well around the nose pieces. Pushing glasses up on your nose throughout the day pushes oil, makeup, bacteria into the tear ducts and eyes. It's surprising the goo that accumulates and more surprising people who do not clean this out. If you haven't had your nose pieces changed in three months, this needs to be done. You will not get control of this infection without paying attention to eyebrows, facial skin, and hair. Clean your hairbrushes.
I've had great results using a tea tree pad along the lid margins ever so gently, but I also use this pad on my entire face giving extra attention to the brows and nasal creases. I always do a final rinse with saline water around the eyes as chlorinated water is not good with this condition and may even be the cause by damaging the oil glands. I use a clean bath cloth on which I squirt saline water and nuke for twenty seconds twice daily. Over top of this I place an eye mask. But please make sure you are not reinfecting by considering the above suggestions. I hope someone is helped by this.
Thank you all for posting your experiences! It helps to know there are some things I can do topically along with what I'm doing below.
Went to my naturopath about this condition. He said my case was due to yeast overgrowth and put me on a candida killing diet along with:
Undecyn (2 caps 2X a day. Kills candida--which is essentially yeast overgrowth.)
Pau d'arco (2 caps 2X a day. Sooths rashes etc.) and
Probiotics (2 caps 2X a day. Healthy gut flora to replace candida).
It worked! (Granted, it took a couple of weeks for this to work.)
Interestingly, after having to go on 500 mg of Amoxicillin 2X a day to kill a tooth infection (in the bone) this flared up again. (Antibiotics kill good gut flora.)
So, back to the original cure... Meanwhile, I'm trying honey and coconut oil topically.
I too am suffering this horrible ailment:( About 2 years ago, after about a year of washing lids with baby shampoo & my hair & eyebrows with Head & Shoulders on the doctors advice, I was finally referred to a consultant at the hospital. He prescribed a 3 month dose of an oral medication that was originally used for the treatment of acne & rosacia. I was desperate so agreed to take it. 1 tablet in the morning 1 at night, easy. Amazingly within a week it had completely gone! I never needed to do the ridiculous time consuming washing procedures.... Until now! As I say, it's now about 3 years and I am temporarily in Spain. My eyes have got worse again. Very swollen lids and very red. My whole right eye was completely red, it looked as though I had been punched in the eye it was that bad. I went to the pharmacia who very willingly gave me an antibiotic eye drop. I knew this was not going to help the lumpy red eyelids but after 2 days it has got rid of the redness of the eyeball.
I have also tried honey with some success but it always comes back again. I think Manuka honey may be my next course of action. I have noticed that when I swim in the swimming pool here, with my eyes open, almost swishing my head around to wash my eyes with the water, they are always much better for about a week. Maybe it's the chlorine that temporarily eases it. Also, swimming in the sea does help, again it's probably the salt. But, it never goes away. It can be so debilitating some days. Thankfully I can wear my dark sunglasses through the the day, but am going back to England soon. Another appointment with the doctor! I will also try the tea tree oil, again.
Hopefully someone will come up with a cure for this horrible illness.
Re: Remedies for Blepharitis. Red clover and cleavers are suppossed to help the cond, but have not tried them yet. The manuka honey sounds promising. The baby shampoo only helps a bit.
I tried the potato packs on my blepharitis, but they did not seem to work. In fact, they seemed to make my eyes redder. My blepharitis is causing really red eyes and pain. I do put warm compresses on my eyes every day. I use homeopathic eye drops. I have tried the castor oil, but it seemed to actually cause the blepharitis to get worse, though made my eyes feel better. Any other insight as to how to deal with this issue is much appreciated. Thanks!
I have had blepharitis for about three years now tryed everything suggested on earth clinic and with the exception of cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide which only partly works at best. Decided to try Edgar Cayces suggestion of grated potato packs for half hour to hour each day (this draws out the infection)on both eyes. Even after the first treatment I saw a big improvement. Three days later swollen and red eyelids have almost returned back to normal.
(Chch, New Zealand)