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  • Captain
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    re: "and just makes things better". Yes - I've been trying to describe how Lotemax has helped. The only thing that is obviously noticeable is that the skin above my upper lid (around the eye socket) looks better (the redness is 90% gone), and "things just feel better" - and I typically don't suffer from the grittiness or redness (yet). Actually - the itchiness is gone also, and reduced watering now that I think of it :-)

    I am left asking myself when is it ocular \Rosacea vs Blepharitis? I suspect nobody really knows - it is just a sliding scale of symptoms and severity.

    This is cliche' but how massively frustrating is this condition???? So many variables. I find the diet thing depressing and asking myself "what changed?" with my body? I have generally never been sensitive to any foods. I do think there is room to improve my digestive health though. I'll report back on my experience with Probiotics in a couple of weeks.

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  • Faith1989
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    I already take Theralife vitamins which actually contain zinc! The effects from the Lotemax will probably not be permanent but may last a while and you would just need to repeat treatment (no big deal).. When I use them it takes down the redness and irritation and just makes things better. I don't use it twice per day everyday but do "pulse therapy" meaning I do a few weeks on then just a few times per week (like three) I am checked regularly by my doctor which is important when using any steroid. It's worth the risk for me and my pressures have never gone up at all.

    I quit using Restasis three weeks ago as it created redness and more irritation most of the time. However once I quit, my lid inflammation came back so my specialist said to use it at night to help keep my lids down. The medication is not specifically for blepharitis but for some reason it helps mine.

    I am weaning off wheat and dairy right now.. If I stopped completely I think I'd fail lol so I am just slowly stopping inflammatory foods to help.

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  • Captain
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    I am just starting to look at my diet and digestive health, so I can't offer up any really effective advice.

    However, I am starting to see a naturopath doctor to look at my digestive health. One simple thing she honed in on was a deficiency in Zinc. There is a simple zinc taste test (you can look it up) that is a good indicator of whether your Zinc levels are low. Most people are low in Zinc (my "Internet understanding"), but it can only help support your overall health. Years ago (circa 2007) there was reports that Zinc reduces signs of rosacea (mostly the acne variety). I think the consensus on this forum is that Zinc did not help.

    Either way I am trying a 30mg of Zinc a day - I don't expect any major changes but you never know. I will also be trying probiotics soon.

    I was (maybe still am :-)) hoping that the improvement from the Lotemax drops will be permanent (or long lasting) but something tells me that won't be the case :-)

    What improvements did you see from the Lotemax drops?

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  • Faith1989
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    I wouldn't stop completely, but taper off them slowly. You could potentially get a rebound if the Lotemax is stopped right away. Also, ask your doctor if you can use it a few times a week like a maintenance thing. It has helped me a lot to, just so sad it can't be used everyday forever! There is a slightly weaker version called Alrex which is safer to use a few times per week. I would ask about pataday. It's not a steroid and has helped me with allergies which aggregate my eye situation. I have some mild acne but not a lot of skin redness issues, just the eyes!

    I would love to know what to do diet or supplement wise to help the eye redness. I already use omega 3, flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, vitamin c, and theralife eye enhanced. Any suggestions?? Oh and I use 100mg of doxy every second day but am going to ask about oreca at my eye appointment next week (eye doc is on holidays Ughh lol)

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  • Captain
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    Lotemax Drops

    Originally posted by Faith1989 View Post
    Hi everyone!

    I am new to the forum and have ocular rosacea. I also have pollen allergies which makes things worse. I currently use Lotemax, pataday and doxy. I am looking into trying a paleo diet in hopes of controlling this better!

    Can anyone share stories with me on HOW they got control of this? And what DIETS to try!

    Thanks in advance to all the wonderful people who reply with some help.

    P.s. have also tried Restasis for six months and it made things worse I.e more red and inflammed

    HELP ME!

    I have mild/moderate Blepharitis but I've noticed my eyelids are becoming more inflamed - and the skin above my upper eyelid redden's quite easily.

    My optometrist prescribed Lotemax because he saw some potential signs of Allergic Conjunctivitis - e.g. itching and signs of Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis.

    The Lotemax drops have helped considerably - my eyes just feel less irritated and look better. Oddly it substantially improved the redness around the eye socket.

    How has Lotemax worked for others? I am concerned what will happen when I stop this drop in 1 week... hoping the results last!

    Still awaiting my OcuSoft Plus lid scrubs.

    FYI - I have also started by daily Omega 3 supplement.

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  • Faith1989
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    Remission with diet? New here, help

    Hi everyone!

    I am new to the forum and have ocular rosacea. I also have pollen allergies which makes things worse. I currently use Lotemax, pataday and doxy. I am looking into trying a paleo diet in hopes of controlling this better!

    Can anyone share stories with me on HOW they got control of this? And what DIETS to try!

    Thanks in advance to all the wonderful people who reply with some help.

    P.s. have also tried Restasis for six months and it made things worse I.e more red and inflammed

    HELP ME!
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