Eyelid Inflammation (Blepharitis) - Treatment

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Published: March 03

A while back I scratched my right eyelid with an eye shadow tool. Next day my eyes were itching along with the eyelids. Eye doctor prescribed Pataday 0.2 eye drops, extremely expensive ($45 with insurance, $190 without it), and very tiny bottle, too. Doctor said I had blepharitis. When I looked online, I didn't have all the symptoms like crusty eyes in the morning and some swelling. The thing I noticed the most was that my eyelids were brown and a bit swollen. I did what she told me, no makeup, eye washes, etc. I became rather depressed because I wear a lot of makeup. After the first week, I couldn't stand it anymore, so I went out and bought all Almay and Neutrogena eye shadow, pencils, mascara, etc. I never went without makeup unless I was home in bed sick. I noticed the week I wasn't wearing any, my eyes were very dry and didn't tear. Well, I went back to a full set of eye makeup and the symptoms are just about gone after two days. I noticed my tearing and blinking was back to normal. So, I say, put on a bunch of hypoallergenic makeup and see what happens! I bought OCuSOFT lid scrub plus disposable leave on wipes. I put that on first then full make up. I don't know if the mascara keeps the base of the lashes moist or free of flakes or what. But, it worked for me..

Published: August 31

I was suffering from terrible blepharitis and was advised lid hygiene and antibiotic ointment. I used them for 4 years but had very little relief. One day when out of town, at a hotel I did not have any medicine with me and the itching was too much. I found a tube of micanozole skin ointment of my friend which i rubbed on my lids. Next morning there was no itching. So I continued the same for 1 week and i totally got rid of it. Even my thickened lids became normal. It’s been 10 years since and I have not had that problem again. Blepharitis could be of fungal origin also..