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Staphylococcus aureus is probably the single most common cause of bacterial conjunctivitis and blepharoconjunctivitis in the Western world. The aerobic Gram-positive coccus is often harbored elsewhere on the skin or in the nares. It may affect any age group. Although usually not aggressively invasive, the organism is very toxigenic and can provide corneal infiltrates, eczematous blepharitis, phlyctenular keratitis, and angular blepharitis.
Staphylococcus epidermidis is usually considered an innocuous inhabitant of the lids and conjunctiva, but in some instances it can cause blepharoconjunctivitis. The organism is capable of producing necrotic exotoxin and has been shown to colonize eye cosmetics, with subsequent production of blepharoconjunctivitis.

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#266
Aug 4, 2010
 
A standard culture plus susceptibility testing (hospital setting, test issued by a medic) will cost about $35.99

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#267
Aug 4, 2010
 
Thanks A.& F. Yes, my supplements gave me a lot more comfort, but eye specialist has specified--no supplements (other than 2 for other health issues) during this 1st month of my treatment by him. I'm thinking he can't evaluate properly with my using less or unknown therapies to him. My BWitch Doctor home remedies can help; but they'll never cure what really likely is a cocktail of bacteria I picked up by way of surgeries and hospitals. I had Radical Right Mastectomy late Oct 2003, followed by 6 months of aggressive chemo. Over the last 5 years it has been "developing". Blepharitis is usually a result of an abundance of demodex mites--a completely normal human body dweller. The treatments RX'd by eye specialist are all aimed at bacteria--not demodex. I've been pulling/wiping away pus from my face in small amounts, but daily for the last 6 weeks or so. Just yesterday, I "uncovered pockets of pus in nose corners meeting the cheek. When I wash my face, it pretty much disappears. My nose and face have itched for so long--not to mention the eye discomfort and is often downright painful. Sometimes there's a sensation of ground glass. You just have to wait it out. Eyes are painful today, and we have some nice sunshine for a change, so that hurts too.
Thanks for being here and letting me vent.
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"Sometimes there's a sensation of ground glass."

That could be because it probably is about a blistering agent.
(staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome like)

The Brazilians treat it with Dapsone, plus for instance an immune suppressor like cortisone and interestingly ... ivermectin.

They report that even without the detectable co-infection with an organism called strongylus, ivermectin should be added to the therapy.

You probably only experience a soft expression.

Search term: Pemhigus, pemhigoid, etc

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#269
Aug 6, 2010
 
Looked at Pemhigus--?? Also looked at dermatology notes.

Think part of my trouble has been that I am able to suppress the itch. I don't scratch and cause damage. Having less severe itch, but near constant annoyance. Since the time of the flea attack and eliminating it, itching has improved, but still indicates to me a presence of staph and possibly others--with my eyes being the biggest problem. Find/Treat/Cure the itch and same will result for eyes.

Called eye specialist this AM. Going in early, this coming Tues. Think I talked to a nurse-- implored: "Swab, Scrape, test.."
Took nap this afternoon, eyes more comfortable for now. Eyes very sore much of the early part of today. Usually night is the worst.
The only constant is the inconsistency.

Why Oh Why are there no SMILEYS available?!?!
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#270
Aug 7, 2010
 
What I would ask is to take a swab and start a culture to define the offending agent.

Mention the sensation of blistering (glass breaking)
What you describe falls in the class "pemphigoid"

German doctors prescribe: Levocetirizine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levocetirizine
You also can get it prescribed in the USA.

It probably will stop this process effectively.
If not, more aggressive therapy is possible.

Skin lesions that start as a blister can be treated with a cream containing chloramphenicol:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/13042503

Chloramphenicol drops for the eye exist too, but again, you need to get to know the identity of the offending agent, and for this you need a swab plus culture, plus susceptibility testing if required.

Attention: you can not treat this type condition with only antibiotic therapy

Present your problem to the medic, you need adequate support to beat this type condition.
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#272
Aug 7, 2010
 
As you may still be online, will respond briefly now.
I totally agree. Will be adamant in swab,culture, test thoroughly.
Will look at your links now.
Thanks

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#273
Aug 7, 2010
 
Am understanding Levocetrizine to be in pill or liquid form.

Chloramphenicol--a cream. The pus areas around nose could be blisters--
Other than that area, would I do entire body with this cream? Itching is definite in some areas, scalp, shoulder blades, nose & face, while other areas, which can be anywhere, it is this creepy, somewhat vague crawling/movement sensation.
When I was using the turp/lotion mixture, the itch was much more definite and severe.
Sounds like my daughter (some medical knowledge--especially meds) may be here tomorrow. I'll try to "rope" her into looking at this.

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#274
Aug 7, 2010
 
Looked at Pemphigoid rather than Pemphigus this time. Pemphigoid does sound right. Will copy web addresses and have with me Tuesday.
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#275
Aug 7, 2010
 
In the US its called Xyzal
2X 5mg tablet per day.
20 tablets are in a standard package =10 day's.

The first tablet may cause some reaction.
You maybe will be to tired for a few day's to attend any normal activity.
Take an aspirin if necessary.

Why not ask your GP or specialist for a prescription.
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I will copy this also. After mulling--my back pain (arthritis) took a big turn for the worse about 5 years ago, blepharitis started about then, some minor skin stuff ongoing since then......
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#278
Aug 16, 2010
 
With the new med plus the antibiotic, I'm having dead demodex about falling out of my lashes. I've seen 3 and inspected them with my 15X mirror.

Imagine I've gotten rid of more--just happened to find those 3. Things improving -- but wonder if this will always be a battle. Blepharitis is for life I hear. Am hoping the bacterial part can be controlled better with time and continued treatment--including refining the thyroid med dosage.

Needing to prepare tonight's B. Bath.
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#279
Aug 26, 2010
 
Hey! This thread is amazing. I've been suffering from morning "grit" in my eyes for almost a year now & no doctor has been able to figure it out so far.

An eye specialist recently diagnosed posterior blepharitis & I was given a prescription for neomyc-polym-dexamet ointment, which proved to be absolutely useless.

The more time goes by, the more I believe the lion's share of doctors in the US take the 'shoot from the hip' approach when it comes to diagnosing illnesses.
I'm convinced now that the grit in my face is caused by living creatures; and that I've got to take matters into my own hands.

Early this morning, it may have been my imagination / dream, but I SWARE I felt with my finger... a tiny WEB in the inside corner of my left eye! GROSS!!
Is this possible!?!

After reading thru this thread, I'm ready to discard and /or sterilize certain valuable bed linens with bleach, skip a lot of showers & instead hit the bleach-tub, & begin a thorough tea tree oil regiment.
We'll see what happens...I'll post back in about 2 weeks or so!
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#280
Aug 26, 2010
 
BadMoose wrote:
Hey! This thread is amazing. I've been suffering from morning "grit" in my eyes for almost a year now & no doctor has been able to figure it out so far.
An eye specialist recently diagnosed posterior blepharitis & I was given a prescription for neomyc-polym-dexamet ointment, which proved to be absolutely useless.
The more time goes by, the more I believe the lion's share of doctors in the US take the 'shoot from the hip' approach when it comes to diagnosing illnesses.
I'm convinced now that the grit in my face is caused by living creatures; and that I've got to take matters into my own hands.
Early this morning, it may have been my imagination / dream, but I SWARE I felt with my finger... a tiny WEB in the inside corner of my left eye! GROSS!!
Is this possible!?!
After reading thru this thread, I'm ready to discard and /or sterilize certain valuable bed linens with bleach, skip a lot of showers & instead hit the bleach-tub, & begin a thorough tea tree oil regiment.
We'll see what happens...I'll post back in about 2 weeks or so!
Hi Bad Moose,
Just a reminder...be extremely careful with tea tree oil.. It's good stuff, but never use it full strength on your face. Using a very small amount mixed into a carrier oil (almond oil, jojoba oil etc.) is effective for the eyelids. Also, if you are putting it in the bathtub, mix with some liquid soap or shampoo first or it can float on the surface and cause a nasty burn.....this doesn't happen to all people, but better safe than sorry.
Good luck!
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Sep 12, 2010
 
Hi all, I hope you are doing well. I got a reocurrance of Demodex on my eyelids. Here is how this goes, it is the 5th time I have had this and it lasts about a month.

First, my eyelids get itchy, very itchy usually around 5Pm-bedtime. I try hot water compresses with not much luck. Then the eyes themselves itch and water. Every day is worse, the eyelids get puffy and red and flaky. Then white stuff globs up in the eyes. I try a few types of eye drops, etc. Still goes on and on.

So, I finally try the "cure" which I remember.

Close eyes and wash the lid and lashes with tea tree soap or shampoo. Then put in Provodone eye drops. Then wait until the Demodex dies. It will form like grains in the eye that you can wash out. I removed several of these grains out of my eyes and looked in my "better' microscope and discovered they were Demodex, clearly cigar shaped almost like worms, and mostly white. I found two that were together as if they had been mating.

It sounds creepy but I am used to it now knowing that these things do not harm people they are just very very irritating.

These occurances seem to happen when I am under extreme amounts of stress, when I am drinking more alcohol than normal, and eating bad foods like fats and sugary foods. Stress causes me to drink more and and eat more junk. I am weak that way.

So, to prevent this in the future, I am going to start washing my eyelids out regularly with the tea tree soap. I like the Face soap with Tea tree and castile since it is relatively mild. Also I am going to wash my hair every day with tea tree shampoo.

I am just about over this latest bout of this eye problem but am hoping I can prevent the next bout!

Good luck everyone, Bitey
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#282
Sep 12, 2010
 
Hi Bitey,

It's nice to see you posting...

How are the kitties doing? And your favorite one? I forgot his name... Are they done with this?

It's cool that you are diagnosing your own mites and can treat yourself, based on trial and error, experience, etc.

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#283
Sep 12, 2010
 
Hi Bitey!
I'm also glad to see your post. You were my #1 "contact" here.
I've killed some of the little buggers too and looked at them in my 15X mirror. I'm much better, but have body itches I can't quite get rid of. Present treatment is ground ginger applied dry to skin. Use the tea tree oil often also.
Best To You Bitey!
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Hi there! Yes, my great orange cat BOB is doing fine. The vet derm said he was much better and she could not see evidence of the bugs he had. He is not scratching hardly ever.(Neither am I now)

I still have the brown scars though they are fading. I will tell you all how my lawsuit with Kaiser goes. First I am going to ask for 25K for pain and damage to my skin due to 2 years of misdiagnosis, wrong meds given, and delay.

Then, I will ask them to pay for dermabrasion or lazer treatment to get rid of some of these scars due to thier failure.

After I ask for this, if they do not do it, I am getting a personal injury attorney and fighting it tooth and nail. No one and I mean no one should have to put up with that bad treatment.

i sold two cars because of it also. What a nightmare.

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