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Is this Blapharitis?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 21, 2006
  • 05:56 PM

A while ago I went to my local Eye Hospital complaining of small oily bumps on my left eyelids. These bumps, although hardly visible, caused me a lot of discomfort similar to having a foreign object in my eye.

I was told I had Blepharitis and was given Erythromycin Ointment and a leaflet about warm compresses.

At that time I also had crusted skin on the lower eyelid, and the ointment did clear that up to some extent. My left eye is the only one affected. I never have any trouble with my right eye.

The strange thing about all of this is that I have also noticed that when I am taking certain medications such as SSRIs, or tablets with certain coatings, the bumps on the left eyelid worsen considerably. It has been so bad at times that I have resorted to using a pin to puncture them. The relief when they're punctured is amazing.

I have had to stop taking a number of medications and vitamin supplements due to the same reaction. And it only happens with my left eyelids.

I'm sure there is an allergic connection. It may very well be that I suffer from Blepharitis or Dry Eye, but that doesn't explain the reaction I'm getting with medications. I am seriously allergic to Aspirin, and have had asthma since I was a child.

No doctor I have asked about the eyelid bumps has been able to tell me what is causing them. If I don't find out why it's happening, I feel destined to use the Pin & Magnified Mirror Self Treatment.

Somebody else must suffer from this, and that's why I'm posting this thread. HELP!

Just to let you know what these bumps actually look like go to http://www.agingeye.net/otheragingeye/blepharitis.php# and move the mouse over MGD (Meibomian Gland Dysfunction)

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  • I suffered from blepharitis too, some time ago, but I remember the discomfort of this nasty eye condition.Here's what I learned throughout the 7 years I suffered on & off. (I was treated at a prominent London eye hospital all that time.)The eyelid has glands all around it which produce a fine oil to coat your tears.With blepharitis this oil becomes butter-like and blocks the glands, causing to the bumps you describe. Rubbing and scratching your eyes doesn't help but it's almost impossible not to.There are 2 things that I found to help blepharitis:1. Wash your eyes with Johnson's baby shampoo - the old fashioned 'No tears' yellow stuff. Sounds strange but it was part of the treatment from the eye hospital and I continue doing this every night - 5 years after my blepharitis went away, as I found it to be an excellent eye makeup remover too!2. Stay warm. I always suffered more in winter as the oil thickening process happens more easily when you're cold. Hot flannels applied to the eye help too, especially when you're doing your needle business! Please take care with that - needles, magnification and eyes don't really seem like a very good combination! You don't want to end up with an infection that could easily travel into your eye.I think that allergies may play a part in blepharitis, I first got it when my system was overloaded with an acute house dust mite allergy and then I got an infection through wearing contact lenses. The house dust mites can be minimised and the contact lenses avoided altogether. I don't know anything about drug allergies though.I hope you get some help from this - it will go away in time but I think you really need to take care of this condition every single day till then.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 14, 2006
    • 07:59 AM
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  • Minska I agree with you that allergies play part in Blepharitis ... There is evidence that Blepharitis is linked to Rosacea (e.g. there is an article on the main page of http://www.bloodshoteyes.org and Review of Optometry web site). Also, there is evidence that Rosacea is linked to allergies (there is another article at http://www.AntiAllergyProducts.com and www.embarrisingproblems.co.uk ) if you read those articles I am sure it will further compound the allergy idea ...Could it be that most cases of Blepharitis are caused by hidden allergies ?
    BEProject 17 Replies
    • December 2, 2007
    • 01:41 PM
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  • aidan mc, if you still need help send me your pic to beprojectorg@googlemail.com ill let u know what i think, thanks
    BEProject 17 Replies
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