August 18, 2023

Snot Coming Out of Eye When Blowing Nose

If snot comes out of your eyes when you blow your nose it isn’t normal and can cause serious damage. It’s usually caused by nasolacrimal duct reflux and can be dangerous.

There are several reasons that can cause snot to come out of your eyes when you blow your nose. These include a cold, sinus infection or allergies. Allergies, hay fever and the common cold can cause the lining of your nasal passage to swell and produce extra mucus to flush out bacteria and irritants. This excess fluid may drain down the back of your throat and cause a cough. The small size of the openings in your eyelids and gravity normally prevent the fluid from entering your eye.

Violent nose blowing can generate pressures that can break blood vessels in your nose and eyes and cause a nosebleed. This is why it’s important to gently blow your nose and not push hard.

The color of your snot can also tell you and your doctor what’s happening inside your body. Light pink, red or brown snot is often a sign of irritation and dryness in the nasal passages. This can be corrected with saline spray and a humidifier. Dark green or yellow snot could be a sign of an infection in your sinuses and lungs, which can be treated with antibiotics.

If you’re experiencing snot coming out of your eye when you blow your nose, it’s best to see an experienced sinus doctor right away. Medical Health Authority offers comprehensive care and personalized treatment plans for all of your nasal health needs. Schedule an appointment today!


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