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Dr. A.S. Desai, Ophthalmologist
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I have been waking up every day for a month with a sore throat,

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I have been waking up every day for a month with a sore throat, clogged nose, and a large amount of eye discharge. I originally thought it was a common cold but why are my eyes releasing such a large amount of gunk and why is it not going away?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 4 years ago.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

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Customer:

yes i am!

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Normally our tears exit the eye via the lacrimal sac and nasolacrimal duct which opens into the nose. Since you have been having a blocked nose, it is likely that the congestion with edema of the nasal mucosa is causing some kind of a temporary block to the drainage of tears.

Customer:

in your opinion is it just a basic cold I have then?

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Looks like that. Could be nasopharyngitis too.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Do you also have excessive watering from the eyes?

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Do you have redness or itching sensation in the eyes?

Customer:

the eyes are red, not itchy, and not watery. I also wear contact lenses

Customer:

all the symptoms (sore throat, nasal congestion, and eye discharge/redness) are only in the morning when I wake up and for about an hour after

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Do you have any headache ?

Customer:

no, no headache

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Ok. I guess you may have to go with symptomatic treatment of these symptoms as the discharge is quite unlikely from any infective cause ( present only in the morning).

Customer:

mostly just over the counter medicine for the nasal congestion and sore throat?

Dr. A.S. Desai :

You can try steam inhalation before retiring to bed so that the nasal congestion is reduced( and would allow the normal eye discharge to get drained out of the eye). You can try taking a teaspoon of syrup Benedryl at bedtime to relieve the sore throat and nasal block ( the only precaution you need to take is avoid driving if you feel drowsy after taking benedryl).

Customer:

ok great thank you very much.

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