Although medication is probably the best way to improve Graves’ disease, additional lifestyle changes and home remedies can make you feel a little better.
Natural cures for Graves’ ophthalmopathy include:
• Apply cold compresses to your eyes. This will help to add moisture and soothe dry or sore eyes.
• Wear sunglasses. Protruding eyes caused by Graves’ ophthalmopathy are more sensitive to light and need more protection from ultraviolet rays. For added comfort, wear a pair of glasses that wrap around the sides of the face to shield the eyes from wind.
• Use eye drops. The dry, scratchy feeling common in sufferers of Graves’ ophthalmopathy can be alleviated with lubrication. At night, use a paraffin-based gel like Lacri-Lube for sustained moisture.
• Elevate your head. Keeping your head at a higher level than the rest of your body prevents fluid accumulation that puts pressure on your eyes.
For Graves’ dermopathy, buy over-the-counter creams that contain hydrocortisone for swelling and redness. To reduce swelling in the legs, try compression wraps.
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