December 25, 2011
Steam inhalation (steaming) for dry eyes
If warm compress helps a bi (because of its effect on mebomian glands) and if vicks vaporub helps ezcema (an allergic issue), how about combining the two through a steam inhalation of vicks vaporub?
I tried this idea today (a towel over a hot water bowl containing a tiny bit of vicks), with rapidly blinking eyes, to allow steam to enter the eyes (but not to boil them). Seemed to feel a little better at the end of the experiment. Might do more of it in due course.
Some research from the internet on this issue
Facial sauna http://www.binglee.com.au/sanitas-sfs40-facial-sauna
See this for a dry eyes patient who uses such a thing: http://www.dryeyezone.com/talk/archive/index.php/t-7881.html?s=b81955275c59b6e0ebcb9697fa3bab68
I'm lucky to have a massage table with a face-hole at one end that makes it possible to breath through it while lying on the bed face down. Today I boiled a big pot of water and put it on the floor right under the massage table, exactly beneath the area where the hole is located, and I lied on the table with my face inside the hole looking down straight into the pot.
Stand near a kettle
I usually stand near the kettle when making my morning coffee to get the benefit of the steam [ibid]
Vicks brand steamer
I know someone who uses a Vicks brand steamer. You can get them as a facial-type steamer or the type that is used for the lungs if you have a cold, sinus troubles, or allergies, for example. [ibid]
Air-O-Swiss® Ultrasonic Humidifier
other humidifiers: http://www.buyhumidifiers.co.uk/steam-humidifiers.