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How To Get An Eyelash Out Of Your Eye (Safely!)

How To Get An Eyelash Out Of Your Eye (Safely!)

Itchy, scratchy, extremely irritating: trapped eyelashes

Do you ever get a horrible scratchy sensation in your eye and realise that once again, you have an eyelash trapped in there? Annoying, isn’t it? It can be enough to distract you from your work or studies, and you may start to annoy other people if you constantly rub or poke at your eyes during a conversation. However, there are plenty of solutions to this common problem. Follow the steps below to remove a wayward eyelash simply and safely.

Why do some people suffer from trapped eyelashes more frequently than others?

Everyone naturally sheds their eyelashes, but some people are more prone to getting stray lashes stuck in their eyes. If you have long eyelashes, cry more often than average, or are prone to rubbing your eyes when you are tired, you may be more likely to experience this issue on a regular basis. You can prevent it occurring in the first place by touching your eyes as infrequently as possible and by using gentle motions when you wash your face. Vigorous scrubbing may cause eyelashes to loosen from the eyelid and become trapped in the eye.

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How to remove a trapped eyelash

Firstly, stop rubbing your eye. By poking and prodding, you risk causing an eye injury by grinding the eyelash against the surface of the eyeball. Next, choose one of the methods below. If it doesn’t work, then try another. Take your time – the eye is a delicate organ and your sight is precious, so be careful.

1. Try the water rinsing method.

Fill a basin with clean water – cool boiled water or bottled water is ideal – and submerge your face. Now blink your eyes several times. The water should gently dislodge the eyelash.

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2. Use clean fingers to remove the eyelash.

Wash your hands thoroughly with mild antibacterial soap and dry them using a clean towel. Use a mirror to help you locate the eyelash. Use one hand to hold open the eye, and use the other hand for lash removal. Now take a deep breath and use a fingertip to dab at the eyelash, thus lifting it from the surface of your eyeball.

Alternatively, try making a brief sideways or swiping motion to move the eyelash to the corner of your eye. You can then use a finger or clean cotton bud dipped in water or saline solution to remove the eyelash. Please note that this is more likely to work if the eyelash is  stuck on the white of your eye rather than the iris. Make sure that your nails are well-trimmed before attempting this method, otherwise you risk scratching your eye or introducing harmful bacteria.

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3. Try using a saline solution and dropper.

If you happen to have some eye drops lying around, use those to flush the eyelash from the eye. Tilt your head backwards and administer 2-3 drops. Blink several times.

4. Wait overnight.

As we sleep, our eyes release natural secretions that clear out foreign bodies or dirt from the eye. You may therefore find that when you wake up in the morning, the eyelash is gone!

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5. Peel or cut up an onion.

They contain a chemical called syn-propanethial-S-oxide, which when released triggers eyes to release tears. A few minutes’ crying may be all that is needed to solve the problem.

Know when to call a doctor

The above methods will work in most cases. However, if you can’t shift a stubborn eyelash by yourself, book a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible. This is especially important if your eye appears in any way infected, or if you experience changes in vision. Eye injuries are extremely uncomfortable and may result in sight loss if untreated, so if in any doubt always seek medical attention.

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Last Updated on January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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