tear duct infection home remedy | Identifying and Treating a Blocked Tear Duct in Adults

tear duct infection home remedy | Identifying
and Treating a Blocked Tear Duct in Adults 0:00:00.000,0:00:04.049
overview having a blocked tear duct 0:00:01.949,0:00:06.810
means your tears can’t drain normally 0:00:04.049,0:00:09.000
out of that eye the condition is common 0:00:06.810,0:00:11.700
in infants but it can develop in adults 0:00:09.000,0:00:14.009
too and while a blocked tear duct is 0:00:11.700,0:00:16.170
often harmless for babies in adults it 0:00:14.009,0:00:18.869
can sometimes be a sign of a serious 0:00:16.170,0:00:21.029
health problem blocked tear ducts are 0:00:18.869,0:00:22.800
often treatable and temporary but if the 0:00:21.029,0:00:26.250
condition lingers you should see a 0:00:22.800,0:00:28.560
doctor what are the symptoms the most 0:00:26.250,0:00:30.660
common symptom of a blocked tear duct as 0:00:28.560,0:00:33.600
watery eyes and tears streaming from the 0:00:30.660,0:00:36.149
eyes other symptoms of a blocked tear 0:00:33.600,0:00:38.640
duct can include redness and irritation 0:00:36.149,0:00:40.710
of the affected eye mucous or discharge 0:00:38.640,0:00:42.480
coming from the eye crust forming on the 0:00:40.710,0:00:44.610
eyelids eye infections such as 0:00:42.480,0:00:46.710
conjunctivitis or pink eye blurred 0:00:44.610,0:00:48.930
vision pain and swelling of the inside 0:00:46.710,0:00:51.690
corner of the eye you may develop watery 0:00:48.930,0:00:53.730
eyes alongside a cold sinus infection or 0:00:51.690,0:00:56.489
eye infection unrelated to the tear 0:00:53.730,0:00:58.620
ducts exposure to wind or bright 0:00:56.489,0:01:01.350
sunlight can also trigger excessive 0:00:58.620,0:01:03.480
tearing swelling around the eye and eye 0:01:01.350,0:01:05.430
redness may also be the result of an 0:01:03.480,0:01:06.750
injury to the eye that may or may not 0:01:05.430,0:01:09.390
affect the tear ducts 0:01:06.750,0:01:11.580
if the blocked tear duct as the result 0:01:09.390,0:01:13.470
of a bacterial infection you may also 0:01:11.580,0:01:17.159
have a fever along with those other 0:01:13.470,0:01:19.380
symptoms what are the causes a leading 0:01:17.159,0:01:21.720
cause of blocked tear ducts in adults as 0:01:19.380,0:01:25.290
infection of the eyes tear duct system 0:01:21.720,0:01:27.390
or nasal passages an injury or trauma to 0:01:25.290,0:01:29.909
the eye can also lead to a blocked tear 0:01:27.390,0:01:31.829
duct the trauma could be as minor as 0:01:29.909,0:01:34.200
getting some dirt or other foreign 0:01:31.829,0:01:36.270
particles in your eye or as serious as a 0:01:34.200,0:01:39.360
blow to the head that injures the eye or 0:01:36.270,0:01:42.450
eye socket a broken nose can affect the 0:01:39.360,0:01:44.640
tear ducts to a tumor even a non 0:01:42.450,0:01:46.619
cancerous one can cause a blocked tear 0:01:44.640,0:01:49.710
duct if it’s anywhere in or near the 0:01:46.619,0:01:52.200
tear duct drainage system nasal polyps 0:01:49.710,0:01:53.909
may also be to blame if you’re 0:01:52.200,0:01:56.399
undergoing chemotherapy for cancer 0:01:53.909,0:01:57.600
treatment a possible side effect as a 0:01:56.399,0:02:01.259
blocked tear duct 0:01:57.600,0:02:03.720
how do tears normally flow most of your 0:02:01.259,0:02:06.840
tears flow from the lacrimal glands 0:02:03.720,0:02:08.910
these are above each eye when you blink 0:02:06.840,0:02:11.100
your inner eyelids spread tears across 0:02:08.910,0:02:13.920
the eyes to keep them lubricated and 0:02:11.100,0:02:16.470
healthy the tears then move into holes 0:02:13.920,0:02:19.170
called Hunta in the corners of eyes and 0:02:16.470,0:02:21.300
then eventually into your nose the 0:02:19.170,0:02:24.270
moisture from tears is reabsorbed into 0:02:21.300,0:02:27.330
your body or it evaporates what are the 0:02:24.270,0:02:29.340
risk factors if you get chronic eye or 0:02:27.330,0:02:31.320
nasal passage infections you may 0:02:29.340,0:02:34.080
experience frequent bouts of blocked 0:02:31.320,0:02:36.420
tear ducts treating or preventing these 0:02:34.080,0:02:38.580
underlying causes should help reduce the 0:02:36.420,0:02:41.940
frequency and intensity of blocked tear 0:02:38.580,0:02:44.760
duct episodes as you get older your risk 0:02:41.940,0:02:46.830
of a blocked tear duct increases the 0:02:44.760,0:02:49.590
puncta that help drain your tears get 0:02:46.830,0:02:52.380
narrower this can make your tear ducts 0:02:49.590,0:02:54.540
more likely to become blocked if you 0:02:52.380,0:02:56.610
have glaucoma or another eye condition 0:02:54.540,0:02:58.680
that requires eye drops for treatment 0:02:56.610,0:03:01.560
you may also be at a higher risk for 0:02:58.680,0:03:03.810
tear duct problems long-term use of 0:03:01.560,0:03:06.450
medicated eyedrops may contribute to 0:03:03.810,0:03:08.489
blocked tear ducts adults and children 0:03:06.450,0:03:10.470
with abnormal facial or cranial 0:03:08.489,0:03:12.780
developments such as those associated 0:03:10.470,0:03:15.390
with Down syndrome are at a higher risk 0:03:12.780,0:03:18.150
for several conditions including blocked 0:03:15.390,0:03:20.330
tear ducts our contact wearers at 0:03:18.150,0:03:22.830
increased risk for blocked tear ducts 0:03:20.330,0:03:24.930
wearing contact lenses doesn’t 0:03:22.830,0:03:27.959
necessarily raise your risk of a blocked 0:03:24.930,0:03:29.790
tear duct but wearing dirty lenses can 0:03:27.959,0:03:31.910
cause an infection and subsequent 0:03:29.790,0:03:34.830
blockage of one or both tear ducts 0:03:31.910,0:03:38.040
always wash your hands before removing 0:03:34.830,0:03:39.959
or putting on contact lenses follow your 0:03:38.040,0:03:43.110
doctor’s recommendations for keeping 0:03:39.959,0:03:45.959
your lenses clean it’s also important to 0:03:43.110,0:03:47.970
keep your storage case clean seeking 0:03:45.959,0:03:49.950
help if your eye becomes red or swollen 0:03:47.970,0:03:52.890
make an appointment to see your eye 0:03:49.950,0:03:54.630
doctor you should also make a doctor’s 0:03:52.890,0:03:56.790
appointment if you’re experiencing 0:03:54.630,0:03:59.340
excessive tears for more than a few days 0:03:56.790,0:04:01.890
or if you notice pus or other discharge 0:03:59.340,0:04:04.230
around your eye if you don’t have an 0:04:01.890,0:04:06.480
ophthalmologist or optometrist doctors 0:04:04.230,0:04:08.400
who specialize in I help you can make an 0:04:06.480,0:04:11.100
appointment to see your primary care 0:04:08.400,0:04:13.670
doctor if they’re unable to treat you 0:04:11.100,0:04:15.960
they can refer you to an eye doctor 0:04:13.670,0:04:17.440
diagnosing the problem starts with a 0:04:15.960,0:04:20.170
thorough 0:04:17.440,0:04:23.080
your doctor may also flush a special 0:04:20.170,0:04:25.450
fluid into the tear duct opening if you 0:04:23.080,0:04:28.300
can taste the fluid that means it hasn’t 0:04:25.450,0:04:29.950
made it down to your throat if the fluid 0:04:28.300,0:04:31.780
doesn’t make it to your throat your 0:04:29.950,0:04:35.590
doctor should be able to diagnose a 0:04:31.780,0:04:37.330
blocked tear duct an x-ray or CT scan of 0:04:35.590,0:04:39.730
the tear duct system may be ordered 0:04:37.330,0:04:41.740
especially if your doctor suspects the 0:04:39.730,0:04:44.560
blockage might be caused by a tumor or 0:04:41.740,0:04:46.630
other obstruction if you experience 0:04:44.560,0:04:49.480
recurrent blocked tear duct episodes 0:04:46.630,0:04:51.760
talk with your doctor this is true even 0:04:49.480,0:04:54.700
if the problem tends to resolve on its 0:04:51.760,0:04:57.340
own tell your doctor how often it occurs 0:04:54.700,0:04:59.550
and other symptoms you experience if any 0:04:57.340,0:05:02.020
when you have tear duct problems 0:04:59.550,0:05:03.910
treating a blocked tear duct for adults 0:05:02.020,0:05:06.160
with a blocked tear duct treatment 0:05:03.910,0:05:08.770
usually require a doctor’s attention 0:05:06.160,0:05:11.260
there’s no home remedy though keeping 0:05:08.770,0:05:13.570
your face and eyes and contact lenses if 0:05:11.260,0:05:16.360
you use them clean may help prevent tear 0:05:13.570,0:05:18.460
duct complications in the future the 0:05:16.360,0:05:21.490
proper treatment for a blocked tear duct 0:05:18.460,0:05:23.800
depends on the underlying cause if you 0:05:21.490,0:05:26.169
have a bacterial infection your doctor 0:05:23.800,0:05:28.750
will prescribe antibiotic eyedrops or 0:05:26.169,0:05:30.850
pills to treat the infection for a 0:05:28.750,0:05:33.700
narrowed punctum your doctor can use a 0:05:30.850,0:05:35.800
small probe to whiten it they’ll then 0:05:33.700,0:05:38.830
flush or irrigate the tear duct with a 0:05:35.800,0:05:41.470
saline solution this is an outpatient 0:05:38.830,0:05:43.570
procedure if an injury caused the 0:05:41.470,0:05:45.880
blockage your best approach may be to 0:05:43.570,0:05:48.370
wait several weeks to see if it heals on 0:05:45.880,0:05:50.560
its own without any treatment other 0:05:48.370,0:05:53.590
treatments for a blocked tear duct may 0:05:50.560,0:05:55.630
include balloon catheter dilation your 0:05:53.590,0:05:57.310
doctor guides a very thin catheter 0:05:55.630,0:05:58.780
through the blockage in the tear duct 0:05:57.310,0:06:01.630
starting from the nose 0:05:58.780,0:06:03.910
they then inflate a tiny balloon several 0:06:01.630,0:06:06.790
times to push away the blockage and open 0:06:03.910,0:06:10.000
up the duct system this requires general 0:06:06.790,0:06:11.800
anesthesia standing or intubation your 0:06:10.000,0:06:13.810
doctor threads a thin tube through the 0:06:11.800,0:06:16.900
puncta and throughout the tear drainage 0:06:13.810,0:06:19.180
system to the nose the tube or stent 0:06:16.900,0:06:21.880
remains in place and allows tears to 0:06:19.180,0:06:25.180
drain normally the procedure also 0:06:21.880,0:06:27.520
requires general anesthesia surgery the 0:06:25.180,0:06:28.719
surgical procedure is called dak Rios’s 0:06:27.520,0:06:30.879
to Reyn ostomy 0:06:28.719,0:06:32.799
it can be done through an incision on 0:06:30.879,0:06:34.899
the side of the nose near the lacrimal 0:06:32.799,0:06:37.239
sac or with special endoscopic tools 0:06:34.899,0:06:38.499
through the nasal cavity which leaves no 0:06:37.239,0:06:41.739
visible scar 0:06:38.499,0:06:44.049
what’s recovery like if surgery is 0:06:41.739,0:06:46.089
necessary ice packs should be placed on 0:06:44.049,0:06:48.069
the affected area for about two days 0:06:46.089,0:06:50.860
after the operation to help reduce 0:06:48.069,0:06:53.619
swelling you’ll probably have to keep 0:06:50.860,0:06:56.439
your head at a 45 degree angle and avoid 0:06:53.619,0:06:58.059
blowing your nose for about a week these 0:06:56.439,0:07:00.819
precautions are meant to prevent 0:06:58.059,0:07:02.289
hemorrhage sutures can usually be 0:07:00.819,0:07:04.449
removed in a week or so 0:07:02.289,0:07:05.649
unless absorbable stitches were used 0:07:04.449,0:07:07.869
during surgery 0:07:05.649,0:07:09.729
normal activities should be possible 0:07:07.869,0:07:11.709
after a week though you should avoid 0:07:09.729,0:07:14.139
activities that could lead to facial 0:07:11.709,0:07:17.050
trauma such as martial arts soccer or 0:07:14.139,0:07:19.389
similar sports there should be little or 0:07:17.050,0:07:21.429
no recovery period for other procedures 0:07:19.389,0:07:25.379
aside from basic precautions to keep 0:07:21.429,0:07:25.379
your eyes and nose injury free