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Hi. First off, let me put your mind at rest. It is very unusual for the herpes that affects peoples eyes to be the same type of herpes that one would get in their genital area.
If you had ocular herpes there would be signs on the slit lamp exam. Your current ophthalmologist must not see any of these signs so that is why you are being told that you don't have this condition.
Now, you mentioned ocular rosacea. This can cause a lot of the problems you are having. It is treated with an antibiotic pill as well as topical ointments/creams and drops.
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Since you have noticed that you have a lot of mucus in the morning it is also possible that you are suffering from Dry eyes, mild allergies and (as you have already noted) blepharitis. I like to do these simple, at home, treatments for this:
When it comes to allergies it is almost impossible to pin down the offending agent(s) and, therefore, treatment needs to focus on controlling the symptoms. Dry eyes are very common and can be improved by a stepwise series of therapies. First, the use of natural tears 4-6+ times/day to augment your natural tear production, if this doesn’t work then you can try temporary punctal occlusion of the lower puncta, then, if needed, temporary occlusion of all 4 puncta then, if indicated, surgical ( non-reversible) closure of the puncta. The openings to your tear drainage system are called puncta and you have one opening on each lid, near your nose.
Blepharitis is a condition where glands in the eyelids are not functioning normally. They become plugged and instead of putting out their normal clear, oily secretions, they put out thick, toothpaste like gunk. You may not be able to see this “gunk” yourself, unless it is really bad, but it shows up clearly on slit lamp examination.
The best treatment for this condition daily lid scrubs combined with warm compresses. I like to use baby shampoo for lid scrubs. In the shower, place the shampoo on your index fingers, close your eyes, raise your eyebrows (to stretch the skin on your eyelids) and scrub back and forth along your eyelashes for 3 to 5 minutes. The hot water in the shower helps to soften the plugged oils in the glands while the mechanical scrubbing with your soapy fingers removes the oils.
Baby shampoo lid scrubs will also help to wash away allergens and stimulate tear production, thereby addressing all three of your issues. Remember, this is not an instant fix. While you are waiting for the lid scrubs to have affect you can use over the counter allergy pills such as Travist, dimetapp or Zyrtec.
Should your symptoms get worse, your vision become significantly affected or things just not get better in 3 weeks or so you should have a complete eye examination by your local ophthalmologist to look for other, less common, causes of your symptoms.
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I do not think that you need to worry about passing any of what you have onto your sisters who are currently suffering from cancer. At this point I feel you would be OK to spend time with them.
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