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Can eye drops drain down your throat when put into your eye?

Can eye drops drain down your throat when put into your eye?

Yes: The tear duct drains tears (and potentially eye drops) into the nose, just lateral to the inferior turbinate. From there, drops can run down the back of your nose, into your throat. ...Read more

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Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Is there any possibility that ingredients of nasal sprays go into the eyes and cause problem? Like when eye drops drain into nose and throat?

Is there any possibility that ingredients of  nasal sprays go into the eyes and cause problem? Like when eye drops drain into nose and throat?

Eye/nose connection: Eye drops drain with gravity down the lacrimal ducts into the nose. Ear drops thru Eustachian tubes also drain with gravity into the nose. Nasal drops and aerosols can't work up into the eye (or ear) against gravity like your home plumbing - it's one way. However, a bone defect between nose and orbit (like from fracture or surgery) can cause air or medication from nose into orbit around eye. ...Read more

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I can taste eye drops in throat and nose. Is it dangerous for me to shallow things while having this taste?

I can taste eye drops in throat and nose. Is it dangerous for me to shallow things while having this taste?

Not a problem: There is a plumbing system connecting your tear flow with the inside of the nose. Eyedrops of certain types can be tasted. Consider that anything approved to be put in the eye will have no toxicity in the rest of the body. So there is no danger at all in this; don not worry a bout it. ...Read more

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Mild headache at base of skull, neck discomfort even when moving neck, slight sore throat, mild pain behind eyes, left ear feels like it is draining ?

Mild headache at base of skull, neck discomfort even when moving neck, slight sore throat, mild pain behind eyes, left ear feels like it is draining ?

Ans: Sounds like your sinuses are involved. Try hot fluids to irrigate the see of this makes you feel better. There is also over the counter Benadryl (diphenhydramine) the will dry up the congestion see if that helps you. If no benefit time to see your doctor ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to put gentamycin eye drops in my baby's eyes?

Is it possible for me to put gentamycin eye drops in my baby's eyes?

Yes: Does your baby have an eye infection? If not then you do not need to use them. Gentimycin in the past has been used as the first line antibiotic drop used by pediatrician s. It is a safe drop, but there are better ones now. ...Read more

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Why does it burn when I put eye drops in?

Why does it burn when I put eye drops in?

PH difference: If the drop is not exactly the same pH (acid-base level) as your eye it will burn. Also, when eyes dry out the concentration of solids in tears (osmolarity) is different than the drops and that difference causes burning. ...Read more

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Why did my eyes burn when i put eye drops in my eyes?

Why did my eyes burn when i put eye drops in my eyes?

Any eye drops : Can cause irritation, especially with certain "get the red out" drops. Some patients are particularly sensitive to the preservatives in eye drops. You might want to try preservative-free lubricanat drops to see if that helps. ...Read more