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Herbs for Pinguecula

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Kate Beck started writing for online publications in 2005. She worked as a certified ophthalmic technician for 10 years before returning to school to earn a Masters of Fine Arts degree in writing. Beck is currently putting the finishing touches on a novel.
Herbs for Pinguecula
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A pinguecula is a growth that can occur on the tissue that covers the white of your eye. This growth is a yellow bump that often grows near the cornea, the clear covering over the front of your eye. This may grow over time, causing surface irritation and dryness. Doctors often recommend artificial tears to help ease discomfort, but if you think herbs may help, talk with your doctor to determine if an herbal supplement could offer some relief.

Effects

In most cases, doctors will not recommend treatment or removal of a pinguecula. However, if inflammation occurs, or if the growth limits closure of the eyelids, your doctor may recommend surgically removing the pinguecula. An herbal supplement will not prevent or treat a pinguecula. Certain herbs may help reduce some of the inflammation that may result from the growth, and this could reduce eye irritation, reducing the need for surgical removal.

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Ginger

Ginger is one supplement that has anti-inflammatory properties that could help reduce swelling and inflammation in the tissues surrounding the pinguecula. The root is well-known as a flavorful seasoning in foods, but ginger also comes in extract, capsule and oil forms. If you think ginger could help ease your symptoms, talk with your doctor. She will help you evaluate the potential benefits against any possible risks, such as medication interactions. If you and your doctor believe ginger could benefit you, your doctor will determine a dosage appropriate to your symptoms and general health.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a substance used for food colorings and flavorings. As a health supplement, turmeric may have anti-inflammatory properties that could help reduce inflammation, and this could potentially offer some relief from discomfort from pinguecula inflammation. If you and your doctor determine that turmeric may help your condition, your doctor will tell you how much turmeric to use and when to stop taking the supplement.

Considerations

If you have any signs of a growth on the surface of your eye, contact your doctor. Unlike a pinguecula, some growths may have cancerous qualities, and your doctor should evaluate these nodules. If your doctor informs you that you have a pinguecula, your doctor will follow the bump over time. Monitor the bump for changes in size and comfort in between your visits to your doctor, and call her if you notice any unusual symptoms.

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