You might not think about your eyes when it comes to symptoms of fibromyalgia-like pain, fatigue, fibro fog etc. There is a fact that people with fibromyalgia also suffer from conditions that affect their eyes. In fibromyalgia sufferers, some conditions like blepharitis are usually very common.
You might feel a lot of irritation in your eyes due to these kinds of conditions. And your eyes can also get damage over time. So when the symptoms start to appear, it is important to take you’re of your eyes. But what is Blepharitis? How is Blepharitis related to fibromyalgia? What measures can you take to treat it?
What actually is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is a condition in which inflammation of the tissues around the eyes is caused. Irritation and dryness are caused when the tissues become inflamed. The eyelids start to become swollen and red and usually painful too. At the eye corners, the crusty residue might get accumulated. When your condition keeps going, you might experience painful stinging in the eyes or sensation of having something in the eye.
Infection is the most common cause of it. Bacteria build up gradually under the eyelid surface and thus creating a biofilm. This growing biofilm provides a source of food for the species of tiny mite. These mites start feeding and cause irritation and inflammation in the eyes.
Some other conditions like Psoriasis and Sjogren’s syndrome also seem to be related. These conditions seem to be related because of the irregularity in the immune system due to these conditions that makes it difficult for your body to fight off the sources of inflammation from Blepharitis naturally. And this is the point where the relation to fibromyalgia comes in.
How is Blepharitis related to fibromyalgia?
As we all know that people with fibromyalgia are more inclined towards having risk of autoimmune conditions like Sjogren’s syndrome that causes similar symptoms like irritated and dry eyes. All of us do know that this kind of condition is more common among people having other autoimmune conditions like psoriasis. So it is significant for people with fibromyalgia to be at higher risk of developing autoimmune conditions like these. Some people have made an idea from this link that fibromyalgia itself is an autoimmune condition, which would also account for a lot of symptoms of fibromyalgia. But it is shown by the research evidence that it is probably not the case.
Above all, a clear link is shown between fibromyalgia and autoimmune diseases like Sjogren’s syndrome. This syndrome is a condition that destroys the moisture gradually and produces cells in the eyes. The eyes get dried as a result and that contributes to blepharitis. Having fibromyalgia also means that you might have chances to suffer from blepharitis.
How can you treat Blepharitis?
It is very important for you to visit an eye doctor as early as possible if you are dealing with any chronic pain in the eyes. If you have it, there are some few things that the doctor will likely to recommend you. First, doctors will prescribe an eyelid scrub to you. Medicated wipes are also there that you can use to scrub away the biofilm that provides food for the mites that cause blepharitis.
If these treatments are not enough for you, electromechanical lid margin debridement can also be used. In this procedure, the doctor uses a special tool for removing the bacteria and mites from the eyelid. Finally, medicated drops will also be prescribed for you to kill both bacteria and to keep the biofilm from building up again in your eye.
When it comes to managing the condition, it is important to maintain proper eyelid hygiene even once your symptoms get improved. The meibomian glands in the eyes play a key role in keeping the eyelashes healthy but they can also be blocked up and emit excess oil which is the cause of the building up of gooey at the base of your eyelashes. The excess oil can also provide a great environment for the bacteria to boom in.
To alleviate this blockage and for keeping the eyes healthy, you should try to use warm cloth. Moreover, try to wash your eyes on regular basis. You should also use a cotton swap with medicated eye drops a few times a day while you are dealing with symptoms. Run the swab over your lids and also in the margins of your eyes. This will help in preventing the bacteria from growing in your eyes as well as preventing the mite infestations that cause the condition.
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