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Ok. No. Giardia do not infect the eye in any way.
Is your doctor a GP?
I have a deal with the local GPs where I live: I won't treat heart attacks if they won't treat eyes :)
You will not catch this from your cat no matter how much you rub your eye...no worries there.
Ok, just wanted to make sure. He's an oncologist. So, I guess I should just continue with the ointment and see my eye doctor if no improvement. HEhe. Thanks.
But it sounds like you are doing the wrong treatment for your blepharitis. Let me tell you what works better.
Because blepharitis is so under-diagnosed and the treatment for it is relatively benign, you might consider starting this treatment, while concurrently continuing artificial tears. In order to treat blepharitis, everyday in the morning you should do two things: 1. hot compresses and 2. eyelid scrubs. You should do hot compresses for 5-10 minutes over each eye at the same time. It should be as hot as you can tolerate without burning your skin, massaging the eyelids while they are on there. Then, use either commercially available preparations or a dilute baby shampoo solution to scrub your eyelashes on all 4 eyelids. The commercially available preparations are called Ocusoft or Sterilid which are both over-the-counter eyelash scrubbing treatments. These cost more money but are quicker to use. Otherwise, the cheaper alternative is the dilute baby shampoo (4-5 drops Johnson's shampoo in 1/4 cup warm water), you will take the wipe (or dip a qtip in the dilute baby shampoo solution) and use that to scrub right on the eyelashes of each eyelid for 15 seconds. That will take 60 seconds when done to all 4 eyelids. The scrubbing is done right on the eyelid margin, where the eyelashes come out. After that, just splash some water on the eyes and you're done.
It does take about 3-4 weeks of doing this consistently every day before it really kicks in, so don't stop it thinking it's not working. Also the eyes are still significantly dry during this 3-4 weeks so use the artificial tears you bought 4x/day in both eyes (one drop per application). After 4 weeks you should be able to start tapering off of the tears to as you need them.
Just doing the artificial tears, hot compresses and eyelid scrubs alone would likely start to help you after three or 4 weeks--but remember it could take this long of doing it everyday before you see a significant effect, so don't stop it thinking it's not working.
Good thing he didn't give you methotrexate lol!
Does this make sense to you?
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I guess you have stepped away from your computer. Have a good day. :)
Yes, that is helpful. I will get one of those scrubs today. It's not that bad, but I was concerned because I am reading that it's hard to treat once you have it. So, I just started treatment and just got the artificial tears and haven't actually used them because I don't want to give myself eyedrops. Guess I have to get over that! My eyes have always teared a lot in the morning. I'm thinking because they have been dry?
No, no methotrexate, lol! I am actually the nurse who gives the chemo, and I know that was probably a silly question for a nurse to ask , but just making sure!
Thanks so much
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