Okay so this is a bit of an over the top title, but I was hoping to attract attention because this might just help you, as it has me over the last year.
First things first though. What is iritis? If you have it you probably know all too well, but in short form, it is:-
- Swelling of the iris in the eye
- Caused by your immune system attacking your own body (auto-immune issue)
- Can be caused by a million different thing
I first started getting iritis about 3 years ago, and was getting it increasingly frequently until recently. I have been tested for all the usual suspects, genetic markers and even some forms of deseases I would have hated to have told my girlfriend about. All were negative.
Each time I got iritis was pretty much the same. I had a cold or viral infection of some kind, fought it off, then my immune system seemed to look for other things to sort out, which was usually bits of me! I always got a big ulcer in the roof of my mouth, followed by iritis about a week or so after the ulcer. This could be a good few weeks after I’d originally been sick.
To sort out iritis when I got it, I did the usual. Drops to dilate the pupil, and steroid drops to sort out the problem. Uncomfortable, annoying, and potentially giving me cateracts way before I want them.
In the last year I have managed to avoid iritis completely, and with very little effort. I read an article on immune disorders saying how good Yakult like drinks were (you know the lactobacillus little drinks you get in the shops). Since then I have been taking those. This may be a complete fluke, but I am convinced it helps. When I start getting the ulcer, I up my dose to 2-3 bottles a day, and the ulcer goes, and no iritis.
By the way, I also tried the powder in the bottles, but this didn’t seem to work as well.
Anyway, if you are reading this. Please give it a go. It has helped me.
If it does the same to you, please put a comment in this post as I would like to pass it on to any researchers who are interested.
*** UPDATE Feb 2nd, 2020***
I have just read this article https://www.slashgear.com/study-finds-diet-tweak-may-calm-down-an-overactive-immune-system-04608470/ which sites a study at https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/vari-dim020420.php.
This study is in early stages but implies that reducing eating animal products, meat, eggs etc may help calm inflammation and improve autoimmune responses and should therefore help iritis.
I would encourage you to contact the authors of the study in case they are moving on to human testing, but to try the relatively simple diet change yourself.
It’s worth noting that this has been a recurring comment from way back on this post.