Hairs that grow on the border of eyelids are called eyelashes. One of the basic functions of eyelashes is to shield the eyes from dust, sweat and dirt from entering into the eyes. Besides being protective for the eyes, eyelashes are considered by many as a sign of beauty and youth. Longer and fuller eyelashes give more refreshed appearance and enhance a person’s beauty; especially women always pursue to have fuller lashes.
There are some people who never think of eye winkers until either one falls in eye or the lashes become waxy and sticky.Several conditions can lead to interlocking and sticky coating on eyelashes. Conjunctivitis, blepheritis, excessive oily secretion in the hair follicle, often causes waxy coating on the eyelashes.
Sticky lashes are more of an annoyance and discomfort for a person, especially when they remain gluey throughout the day. If you are having sticky eyelashes, there are several home measures that will help to get rid of this embarrassing condition.
What Causes Sticky Coating On Eyelashes?
Eyelashes become sticky due to excessive secretion from eyes and the hair follicle. Inflammation and irritation are two important causes for excess secretion.Usually the eyelashes stick together in morning while waking. Often the eyelids too become gluey together with eyelashes. Below are following conditions which are responsible for sticky eyelashes:
- Conjunctivitis: Inflammation of conjunctiva is called conjunctivitis. It is caused due to bacterial or viral infection. A foreign body irritating the eye is also responsible for conjunctivitis. It is characterized by redness, excess secretion of tears, irritation and itching in the eyes. The eyelids become swollen and fiery red. Eyelashes interlock and stick together in due to overnight discharge from the eyes. Eyelashes appear waxy due to deposition of gluey discharge.
- Blepheritis: It is a condition where the eyelids swell and become scaly or flaky. Blepheritis is more common in people who suffer from seborrheic dermatitis, mites on eyelashes, rosacea and allergies due to cosmetic products.
- Allergy: Allergy is one the causes for increased tears in the eyes and sticky eyelashes. Allergy due to cosmetics, application of mascara or food allergy can lead to gluey eyelids and eyelashes.
- Corneal ulcer: Cornea is a transparent layer on the eye. An ulcer on cornea can be due to bacterial or viral infection. The ulcer can cause pain and irritation in the eyes.
- Scleritis: Sclera is the white portion of the eyes. Inflammation of sclera can cause blurred vision, pain in eye, and red patches. Eyelashes may stick together due to excess secretion of tears. When the tears on eyelashes dry, lashes tend to stick to one another.
How To Get Rid Of Sticky Residue On Eyelashes?
A person having wax and gluey eyelashes finds difficulty in opening the eyes. The eyelid and eyelashes stick together as the discharge becomes dry. Cleaning the eyelashes and eyelids with warm water helps to loosen the dried matter on lashes. Thus it helps in opening the eyes. Frequent cleaning of the eyelids and eyelashes will clear out the stickiness.
A solution prepared from boric powder will help in relieving the symptoms. Take one glass of water. Add a pinch of boric powder. Mix the solution. Soak a cotton ball in the prepared mixture. Now clean the lashes with the cotton ball until all wax and dried discharge is removed. It is beneficial in viral as well as bacterial conjunctivitis. Anti bacterial eye drops and eye ointment are used for bacterial conjunctivitis.
In case of mites on eyelids, applying antibacterial eye ointment is treatment of choice to get rid of mites.
To prevent sticky eyelids and eyelashes, scrub the area with tearless baby shampoo mixed in warm water. It reduces the amount of flaky skin and oil in the area. Soak clean cloth in the mixture and clean with the fingers.