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brown tear stains under eyes of bichon. he is 15 y.o. and has chronic kidney disease, treated. He develops blebs of brown stuff in corners of eyes. once in a while has a clear drop of mucous come from nose
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Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. The stains are due to porphyrins - chemical dyes which are present in tears and saliva. The collection of "brown stuff" is usually mainly mucus but may contain pus and cellular debris.
The goal is to find out why excessive tearing (epiphora) and mucus formation is occurring. Once that's determined and treated successfully, further staining should abate. A careful exam of his eyes for anatomical defects - lid deformities, misplaced eyelashes - an allergic or infectious conjunctivitis, keratoconjunctivitis sicca ("dry eyes"/inability to form enough tears), or deeper disorders more common at his advanced age - glaucoma, e.g. - is indicated.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
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