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A 17-year-old female asked:

Why are there small red spots around my eyes after i cry?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Red spots: You may have petechiae as as result of the stress of crying.The rash will disappear on its own.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Why do your eyes get red when you cry?

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Dr. Vance Kilmore
Ophthalmology 49 years experience
Red eyes: This is actually a very good question and it would seem like the answer would be simple and straight forward. The most likely cause is related to a valsalva maneuver. When we cry, we often hold our breath somewhat and this retards the flow of blood into the lungs and increases back pressure on the venous side of our circulation. This causes blood vessels to be engorged, including the eye.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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