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How to treat dry eye

May 8th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on How to treat dry eye)

Dry eye is also called dry eye syndrome which happens when the tears does not give proper lubrication for the eyes. This condition causes discomfort and several symptoms. The eyes need layers of tears to keep the area well lubricated and prevent dust and other irritants from entering the eyes. If the condition is left untreated, it increases the risk of developing infections and damage to the surface of the eyes.

Causes of dry eye

  • Aging
  • Excessive exposure to dry air or wind
  • Allergies
  • Dysfunctional tear glands
  • Previous surgery on the eye
  • Long-term using of contact lenses
  • Not blinking for a long time
  • Long hours of staring at the computer
  • Using medications such as decongestants, antihistamines, antidepressants and contraceptive pills
  • Vitamin A and D deficiency

    dry eye

    Wash eyes frequently to lessen irritations, further damage and inflammation.

  • Medical conditions such as arthritis, disorders of the immune system and allergies

Symptoms

  • Eye pain
  • Red eyes and irritations
  • Stinging and burning sensations in the eyes
  • Tearing of the eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry and sandy sensations in the eyes

Treatment

  • Wash eyes frequently to lessen irritations, further damage and inflammation. Put baby shampoo on clean fingertips. Then gently massage the eyelids near the bottom of the eyelashes with closed eyes. Wash off the shampoo from the eyelids using lukewarm water. Repeat this process at least 2 times every day.
  • Apply warm compress on the affected eyes for proper flow of blood in the area, increase production of tears and lessen the irritation of the eyes. Soak a clean and lint-free cloth in hot water, wring out excess water and then place it over the closed eyelids for at least 10 minutes at a time.
  • Perform eye blinking exercise to increase flow of tears, moisten the eyes and spread the tears to all areas of the eyes and lessen the symptoms. Blinking exercise increases flow of blood and lessen the symptoms.
  • Install a humidifier especially during the winter season to add moisture in the air and for the eyes to prevent development of dry eyes.
  • Apply prescribed over-the-counter artificial tear to lessen the pain and the symptoms.
  • Prescribed oral or topical antibiotics to lessen the pain and the inflammation.

Tips

  • Increase fluid intake to keep the body well hydrated and prevents development of dry eye.
  • Take frequent breaks during use of computers, reading and watching television to restore lost moisture in the eyes.
  • Avoid direct blowing of air into the eyes such as car heaters, hair dryers and fans.

How to treat De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

May 7th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on How to treat De Quervain’s tenosynovitis)

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is soreness of the tendons in the thumb. It is caused by repeated rubbing of the swelling tendons and coverings near the narrow tunnels and result to severe pain at the bottom of the thumb and spreads to the lower arm. People playing racket sports such as squash, ten pin bowling, badminton, canoeing and tennis are susceptible to this condition.

Causes of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

  • Repetitive grasping
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Direct blow to the thumb
  • Stiffness of the joint
  • Muscle tightness and weakness
  • Poor posture
  • Insufficient warm up
  • Excessive training activities

    De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

    Thumb pain that might spread along the forearm.

  • Using improper techniques in playing and using poor sporting equipment
  • Poor ergonomics
  • Injuries to the nerves, upper back or neck
  • Racquet sports and gardening

Symptoms

  • Severe pain in the affected area when applying pressure
  • Thumb pain that might spread along the forearm
  • Sudden or gradual pain along the back of the thumb affecting the two tendons of the thumb
  • Swelling at the bottom of the thumb
  • Limited movements of the thumb
  • Severe pain when moving the thumb and the wrist

Treatment

  • Take the prescribed over-the-counter pain medications to lessen the pain and the swelling.
  • Splint the thumb and the wrist to prevent unnecessary movements and support the affected area. Wear the splint at least for 24 hours for 4-6 weeks.
  • Apply ice on the area by wrapping in towel ice pack and placed on the affected area for at least 10-15 minutes to lessen the pain and the inflammation. Another alternative is using frozen bag of vegetables such as corn or peas is also good for the condition.
  • Avoid performing any repetitive and pinching movements using the fingers and thumb to prevent further irritations and worsen the condition.
  • Prescribed anti-inflammatory medications to lessen the pain and the inflammation
  • Prescribed cortisone injections to lessen the pain and the symptoms.
  • Perform rehabilitation exercises for the wrist, hand and arm with the help of the physical therapist to lessen the pain, strengthen the muscles and reduce further irritation on the tendons. And also restore the range of movement of the thumb.
  • Massage the affected thumb for proper flow of blood in the area and increase the range movement of the wrist and thumb and also breaks down scar tissue that causes numbness and pain.

Tips

  • Take frequent breaks or rest after from repetitive tasks.
  • Maintain proper alignment and posture of the wrist during regular tasks
  • Perform regular strengthening and stretching exercises for the hands and wrist.
  • Proper ergonomic work setting
  • Avoid performing repetitive keystrokes using one thumb, practice ambidexterity or using both the left and right hand when performing tasks.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

April 16th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Carpal tunnel syndrome)

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs when pressure is applied to one of the major nerves to the hand called the median nerve which causes numerous symptoms such as pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm.

If you continue to apply pressure on the median nerve, it might leave to nerve damage and symptoms will worsen. As the condition worsens, the symptoms may appear more frequently and last for a longer period.

Common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Repetitive hand motions like typing or any other motion that you repeat over and over with your wrist
  • Conditions such as hypothyroidism, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Trauma
  • Pregnancy

    Carpal tunnel syndrome

    Tingling of the hand that may reach up to the shoulder.

Signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • A burning sensation in the hand
  • Tingling of the hand that may reach up to the shoulder
  • Numbness of the hand that may reach up to the shoulder
  • Itching of the hand

When carpal tunnel syndrome worsens, more symptoms may develop, and the previous symptoms will worsen, these new symptoms include:

  • Decreased grip strength
  • An increase of pain and cramping
  • Slower nerve impulses
  • Loss of sensation in the fingers
  • Difficulty or loss of coordination with fingers

If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome may lead to permanent nerve damage, permanent muscle damage and overall loss of function of your hand which may affect your everyday life and daily routine. It is best to immediately seek medical attention to have it treated right away so that the situation does not worsen.

There are certain work environments and jobs that may contribute to increasing the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome if they involve any of the main reasons such as repetitive hand motions or constant typing. These jobs include but are not limited to:

  • Cashier
  • Assembly line worker
  • Sewer or knitter
  • Musician
  • Cashier

As your doctor diagnoses your hand for carpal tunnel syndrome, you may be asked by your doctor to try to fully flex your wrist or tap the palm side of your wrist with your arms completely extended.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with different approaches, a change of lifestyle if it is caused by repetitive motion. Your doctor may tell you to use a splint to prevent your wrist from moving too much and to lessen the pressure applied to the nerves. You can take more frequent breaks or reduce that activity. Your doctor may recommend numerous exercises that can help you with your grip and control. Your doctor may also suggest medication such as anti-inflammatory drugs or steroids to help reduce swelling. Your doctor may also suggest surgery if the treatments above fail to solve the problem.

Asthma attack

April 9th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Asthma attack)

An asthma attack is a condition where the symptoms of asthma become worse. During an asthma attack, the muscles adjacent the airways constrict, thus the lining of the airways also become distended and production of thicker mucus occurs. An asthma attack occurs if your asthma is not controlled or is caused by being exposed to something that triggers your asthma.

Signs and symptoms of an asthma attack:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • An increased pace of breathing.
  • Excessive coughing and wheezing.
  • A feeling of chest tightness.

    Asthma attack

    There is an increased pace of breathing.

  • Anxiety and fear.
  • Discoloration of lips or fingernails to a bluish color.
  • Pale face.
  • Difficulty in talking due to shortness of breath.

Common forms of asthma attacks are mild asthma attacks, these occur more common and the airways open within a few minutes to a few hours after being treated but in severe cases, these occur less but happen for a long period of time and require immediate medical attention.

There are early warning signs that you can spot to know that an asthma attack is coming. These happen before the general symptoms of asthma occur and is a sign that your asthma is becoming worse.

You can determine that an asthma attack is coming with these early warning signs:

  • You experience tiredness or feel weak while exercising.
  • Wheezing or coughing after exercising.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • You are in a moody state.
  • You are having difficulty in sleeping due to nighttime asthma.

If you are in an asthma attack, sit up straight and don’t do anything then try your best to relax. Use your inhaler every minute until you use it ten (10) times. If your symptoms fail to get better, it is time to dial your emergency medical service hotline. While waiting for an ambulance, it is best to continue using your inhaler until the ambulance arrives.

Most symptoms of an asthma attack are treated by the inhaler, however, if symptoms fail to cease after using the inhaler at least ten (10) times then it is time to seek medical attention. Failure to treat the symptoms of an asthma attack may result in the lungs to tighten and your lips may discolor to a bluish hue, which is a sign of a severe asthma attack and you must receive immediate medical attention, if left untreated it may eventually lead to death due to the lack of oxygen intake.

Tonsil infection

April 9th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Tonsil infection)

A tonsil infection is inflammation of the tonsils. Tonsils are two tissues that are found on both sides of the throat. They function as defense mechanism and prevent the body from developing viral or bacterial infections before affecting the respiratory tract and other parts of the body. The tonsils have cells that trap any infections that enter the body.

Sometimes, the tonsils can become infected and cause inflammation, swelling, discomforts and pain. Tiny white spots forms on the surface of the tonsils which is sign of an infection.

Types of tonsil infections

  • Recurrent tonsillitis or having several episodes of severe tonsillitis per year.
  • Chronic tonsillitis is an infection that last longer than severe tonsillitis with symptoms that includes severe sore throat; halitosis or bad breath and tender lymph nodes in the neck

Symptoms

Tonsil infection

Tenderness of the jaw and neck due to swelling lymph nodes.

  • Difficulty or painful swallowing
  • Severe sore throat
  • Fever and chills
  • A scratchy-sounding voice
  • Earaches
  • Bad breath
  • Tonsils that looks swollen and red
  • A stiff neck
  • Stomachache
  • Headaches
  • Tonsils with white or yellow spots
  • Tenderness of the jaw and neck due to swelling lymph nodes
  • Irritability, poor appetite and excessive drooling in children

Treatment

  • Take plenty of rest and install a vaporizer or humidifier inside the room for fast healing of the condition.
  • Use throat lozenges to lessen the pain due to sore throat. Avoid giving lozenges to small children to prevent the risk of choking.
  • Take the prescribed pain medications to lessen the pain and the inflammation.
  • Take the prescribed antibiotics to lessen the pain, the inflammation and for fast healing of the condition.
  • Gargle with warm salt water to eliminate infections or bacteria and lessen the inflammation and the pain. In a cup filled with warm water, add a teaspoon of table salt, mix them well until salt is totally dissolved. Gargle the solution for at least a minute and then spit it out. Avoid swallowing the solution. Repeat the process several times every day for fast healing of the condition.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Turmeric is rich in anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that lessen the infection and the irritation caused by tonsillitis. Put ½ teaspoon turmeric and ½ teaspoon salt in a cup filled with hot water. Gargle the solution for at least in the morning and in the evening especially before going to sleep at night. Another alternative is mixing turmeric powder and a pinch of ground black pepper in a glass filled with warm milk. Drink the mixture at night for at least 2-3 days for fast healing of the condition.

Tips

  • Avoid direct contact with sick people.
  • Wash hands properly; avoid sharing personal belongings such as toothbrush, eating utensils with other people.
  • Cover mouth especially when sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid smoking.

Remedies for mumps

April 9th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Remedies for mumps)

Mumps is a disease of the salivary glands that is very contagious caused by paramyxovirus. Infections are caused by direct contact with nasal discharge through sneezing or coughing and saliva from an infected person. The virus can be spread on surfaces usually touched such as handles of doors, cutlery, bowls or plates. The condition causes swelling salivary glands or parotid gland found in the neck.

Mump not properly treated can cause complications such as orchitis which is inflammation of the testicles and cause sterility and other parts of the body which includes the reproductive organs and the brain. Women infected with mumps during pregnancy have a high risk of miscarriage. It can also cause meningitis which is swelling of the membranes of the brain and spinal cord and encephalitis is the inflammation of the brain which is a very dangerous condition if left untreated.

Symptoms of mumps

  • Body aches

    mumps

    Take plenty of rest when feeling tired or weak for fast healing of the condition.

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • General malaise
  • Headache
  • Low-grade fever
  • Incubation period of mumps is 7-18 days but usually only 10 days after exposure
  • Swollen neck
  • Pain in the ear especially when chewing.
  • Sour taste in the mouth
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Problems with hearing

Treatment

  • Take plenty of rest when feeling tired or weak for fast healing of the condition.
  • Take the prescribed pain medications to lessen the fever and the pain.
  • Apply warm or cold compress to the swelling glands. Wrap ice pack in a towel and place to the area to lessen the pain and the swelling. Apply heat using a heat pack. Place a wet damp cloth between the skin and the heat pack to prevent burns and delays the healing. Another alternative is soaking a clean wash cloth in warm water, wring out excess water and then place the cloth on the affected area is also good for the condition.
  • Wear the prescribed athletic supporter to lessen the pain in the groin. Apply ice packs wrapped in a towel in the groin to relieve of the swelling and the pain. Bag of frozen vegetables can also be used in the area.
  • Apply cold compress on swelling breast or abdominal pain to lessen the pain and the inflammation.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration caused by fever. Water is best fluid to relieve of the mumps and for fast healing of the condition.

Tips

  • Vaccination against mumps is required for unvaccinated people especially travelling to other parts of the world where the condition is common.
  • Infants and children should be vaccinated against mumps between the ages 12-15 months and second vaccination between 4-6 years old.

Treating skier’s thumb

April 2nd, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Treating skier’s thumb)

Skier’s thumb is an injury to the soft tissue or ligament that attaches the bones of the thumb together. This condition is also called gamekeeper’s thumb. It is a chronic injury that develops due to repeated stretching if the ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb.

Scottish fowl hunters, gamekeepers, athletes playing volleyball are susceptible to this condition. People falling onto an outstretched hand while holding a ski pole usually on skiers.

Causes of skier’s thumb

  • Falling on outstretched hand and jams into a packed snow at high speed.
  • Falling on outstretched hand while holding a ski pole on the palm of the hand.
  • Vehicular accidents with the thumb on the steering wheel
  • The thumb is bent in abnormal position

Symptoms

skier’s thumb

Pain at the bottom of the thumb in the web space between the thumb and the index finger.

  • Swelling of the thumb
  • Pain at the bottom of the thumb in the web space between the thumb and the index finger
  • Wrist pain
  • Incapable to grasp or weakness when grasping between the thumb and the index finger
  • Tenderness along the index finger on the side of the thumb
  • Blue or black discoloration of the skin on the affected thumb
  • Severe pain when moving the thumb in all directions

Treatment

  • Rest the affected thumb as much as possible.
  • Immobilize the thumb by wrapping the area using an ACE wrap or use a wrist brace. Put the thumb in the neutral position to keep it immobilized. It will prevent unnecessary movement, lessen the pain and for fast healing of the condition.
  • Apply ice compress on the affected thumb for at least 35 minutes at a time, 4 times every day to lessen the pain and the inflammation. Wrap ice compress in a small cloth or a face towel before placing to the area to prevent further irritation and worsen the condition. Another alternative is using a bag of frozen vegetable such as peas or corn is also good for the condition.
  • Wrap the affected thumb using an elastic wrap to maintain pressure on the sprain.
  • Elevate the affected area above the level of the heart to lessen the swelling and internal bleeding. When lying raise the hand in couple of pillows to keep it elevated.
  • Take the prescribed anti-inflammatory medications to lessen the inflammation and the pain.
  • Seek the help of the physical therapist for some rehabilitation exercises for strength, flexibility, restore range of movement and lessen the pain

Tips

  • Skiers should discard their ski pole during falls. Falling with outstretched hand without the ski pole will minimize the chances of an injury.
  • Use poles with finger-groove grips and not putting restraining devices such as closed grip or a wrist strap.
  • When driving, keep the thumbs along with the other fingers outside of the steering wheel.
  • Stretch the hand and the muscles of the finger every day.
  • Wear a thumb stabilizer for protection of the ulnar collateral ligament without limiting the functions and movement of the hand.

Frostbite

March 29th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Frostbite)

A frostbite is an injury caused by prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, this kind of injury freezes the skin and its underlying layers. Frostbite can lead to serious issues and may cause a limb to cease functioning and lead to gangrene which requires amputation.

Frostbite commonly occurs on extremities such as your fingers, toes, nose, ears but can also affect your cheeks, chin or lips and so on. Frostbite can also affect skin that is covered by gloves or thick clothing if the cold penetrates it.

Signs and symptoms of frostbite:

  • Cold, prickly feeling on the skin
  • Numbness
  • Discoloration of the skin to either a reddish, bluish, whitish or yellowish color

    Frostbite

    Frostbite commonly occurs on extremities such as your fingers, toes, nose, ears but can also affect your cheeks, chin or lips and so on.

  • Joint or muscle stiffness

Because frostbite causes skin numbness, you may not notice it until it has been pointed out to you.

There are also numerous factors that can contribute to increasing the risk of frostbite:

  • Under the influence of alcohol
  • Exhaustion or dehydration
  • Spending too much time outside in the cold climate, such as the homeless, those who are hiking, hunters, etc.

Different stages of frostbite:

  1. The first stage is frostnip. This is where the only the surface of the skin is frozen. This stage can be identified with signs of pain and itching then eventually numbness. Frostnip does not cause permanent damage to the skin because only the top layers are frozen.
  2. The second stage is superficial frostbite. In this stage, tissues may have ice crystals and you may start to feel warm. When you rewarm yourself, your skin may appear discolored and blisters may form after a few hours, typically a day later.
  3. The third stage is deep frostbite and can be life-threatening and lead to complications. At this stage, the freezing affects muscles up to nerves which can completely paralyze and disable limbs. If limbs or extremities are destroyed by this stage of frostbite, they can lead to gangrene and must be removed through amputation.

The most effective method to prevent yourself from being affected by frostbite is by wearing thick clothing if you are living in very cold places, once you feel the cold its best to move indoors and warm yourself. It’s also best to keep yourself dry and have your extremities covered, such as your ears, hands and feet.

Disclaimer / More Information

The material posted on this page on frostbite is for learning purposes only. Learn to recognize the indications of this condition by taking a first aid and CPR class with one of our training providers.

Remedies for juvenile idiopathic arthritis

March 19th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Remedies for juvenile idiopathic arthritis)

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is a disease that causes inflammation and swelling of joints.  It is a childhood disease that causes stiff and painful joints. Some children outgrow this condition after treatment but others still continue treatment until adulthood.

Types of juvenile idiopathic arthritis

  • Oligoarticular – the common and mildest form where 1-4 joints are affected. Pain can be felt in the ankles, knees, toes, fingers, elbows, hips and wrist.
  • Polyarticular – affects 5 or more joints and becomes severe overtime. It is similar to rheumatoid arthritis in adults.
  • Systemic – the most severe, pain in many joints and spreads to the organs.
  • Enthesitis – affects areas of the ligaments and tendons that are connected to the bones. It also affects the joints.
  • Psoriatic – a combination of tenderness of the joint and inflammation with psoriasis of skin.

What are the causes

juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to lessen the inflammation and the pain.

  • A very active immune system attacking tissues of the joint
  • A certain gene mutations making a person prone to factors such as the virus which causes the disease.

Symptoms

  • Pain, stiffness and swelling of the joints
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Problems with walking
  • Fever
  • Rashes
  • Development of inflammatory eye disease

Treatment

  • Apply heat on the affected area for at least 20 minutes to lessen the stiffness and the pain of the joints. Another alternative is soaking a clean towel in water or placed in a microwave for 15 to 30 seconds. Hot water bottles can be placed in the affected area. Place a damp cloth between the skin and the hot water bottle to prevent burning the skin and delays the healing. Avoid using heat if the affected area is warm and red.
  • Let the child wear footed pajamas and thermal underwear to lessen stiffness of the area in the morning. Sleeping in a sleeping bag, using electric blanket or a heated waterbed is also good for the condition.
  • A warm bath or shower after waking up in the morning to relieve of the stiffness and after taking a bath perform gentle stretches.
  • Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to lessen the inflammation and the pain.
  • The affected joints can be injected with prescribed corticosteroid to lessen the inflammation especially with oligoarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Steroid medication given orally or through an IV with severe pain in the joints, having a fever or pericarditis.
  • Performing regular exercises with the help of the physical therapist to restore range of movement of the joints, muscle strength and prevention of muscle contractures. Muscle contracture is the shortening of a joint or a muscle permanently especially if the muscles and tendons become very tight for too long.
  • Seek the help of the occupational therapist by providing the child ways of protection from playing and performing school activities without worsening the symptoms.

Close look on mucus in the eye

February 28th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Close look on mucus in the eye)

Mucus in the eye is a composed of skin cells, oil, mucus and other debris that builds up at the corners of the eyes when sleeping. It can be sticky or wet and sometimes crusty and dry.

Mucus forms during sleeping, because the eyes are kept close and mucus accumulates. In daytime, the eyes are frequently blinked and the eyes are washed and there is no accumulation of mucus. A small amount of discharge from the eye after waking up in morning is normal but excessive mucus discharge and colored green or yellow is a serious condition.

Causes of mucus in the eye

  • Allergic conjunctivitis– dry and small particles of mucus
  • Styes causes watery mucus and formation of lump in the eyelid
  • Eye infection – mucus looks green or gray
  • Dacryocystitis – mucus is white and stringy due to inflammation of the tear sac
  • Viral conjunctivitis – mucus is crusty and thick
  • Dry eye syndrome – mucus is white or yellow and shaped like a ball
  • Wearing old and dirty contact lenses
  • Blepharitis – mucus is yellow

    mucus in the eye

    Wash hands properly before touching the affected area to prevent the risk of developing further irritations.

Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Itchiness
  • Problems with vision
  • Dryness
  • Fever
  • Burning sensations
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Nasal congestion
  • Redness
  • Cough
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Problems with the cornea
  • Blurred vision, loss of vision
  • Dry eyes

Treatment

  • Wash hands properly before touching the affected area to prevent the risk of developing further irritations.
  • Soak a clean paper towel in lukewarm water and then wipe the mucus from both affected eyes. Use clean paper when wiping the area to avoid dirt into the eyes and worsen the condition.
  • Apply warm compress on the eyes to soften the mucus, to lessen the inflammation and the pain. Soak a clean washcloth in warm water, and then place the cloth to the affected eye and let it remain in the area for at least 3-5 minutes. After the compress wipe gently the eyes using clean paper towel.
  • Clean contact lenses properly and throw away old contacts.
  • Throw away contaminated old eye makeup and avoid sharing them with other people.
  • Open a fresh aloe Vera leaf. Dip a cotton ball on the gel and apply it directly on closed eyes. Aloe Vera is rich with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Wash eyelids using baby shampoo or mild detergent. Massage the lids in downward direction to drain out the oils. Massage the upper lids and use a clean tissue in removing excess oil in the area.
  • Use the prescribed eyelid scrubs to remove mucus from the eyelids and relieved of the itchiness and flaking of the eyelids at least 2-3 times every day.
  • Avoid sharing towels and washcloths with other people to prevent spreading of infection.