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Common Cold Eye Discharge
Yellow eye discharge: Yellow eye discharge is not necessarily pus caused by infection. An example is babies with plugged tear ducts. The whitish yellowish discharge is an accumulation of surface eye and lid cells that are washed out by tears. Other than that, thick yellowish greenish discharge is usually caused by bacterial infection but, occasionally, when caused by viruses. ...Read more
Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more
Baby has lots of green eye discharge and watery eyes but eyes are not pink/red. She has a cold and rubs eyes. Pink eye? Polymicin?
3 yr old has yellow eye discharge when he wakes up. He had a cold with fever last week does it need to be treated or can it go away on its own. Risk?
See Your Physician: This needs to be worked up by your physician. ...Read more
I've got a dry cough and sore throat. Woke up today with eye discharge. No fever. Any ideas. I just got over a cold 2 weeks ago?
Sore Throat: 90% of sore throats are caused by a virus and are not strep throat. If you are a smoker, do not smoke. Sore throat can be helped with some soothing beverages like orange tea, salt water gargles, use Aleve (naproxen) for pain control, and try some zinc lozenges. You can use a humidifier if you have one. If pain persists, or you get a fever, see a doctor. Stay hydrated as well. Good luck. ...Read more
Several possibilitie: If the vision is not changed and there is no pain or frank pus, then you might just have blepharitis - a dandruff like condition of the lids which can have the symptoms above. If the eye is red you might have conjunctivitis. See your ophthalmologist to sort this out. ...Read more
Condensation?: Your eyes produce tear which is a clear liquid. When your lenses are pressed up close (leaning head on pillow/couch with glasses on?) to the eye, the vapor from your eye can condensate on the lenses and may appear a bit wet. This happens more often if you have watery eyes--when someone cries, his/her glasses often get foggy. Hope this explains your case. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
My kid has a lot of eye discharge after waking up in the morning, so much so that eye lids are stuck together?
What can I take to prevent eye discharge? I often have eye discharge all the time and I was wondering if I can do at home remedies to help it. Thanks!
For watery eye discharge, caused by environmental irritants, mild viral infections, trauma and allergies, frequent irrigation with refrigerator-cooled eyewash or collyrium helps. Avoid rubbing your eyes as this always makes it worse. Dry your eyes with a Kleenex or eye pad. If it doesn't respond in a few days (less than or equal to 4), see your eye doctor.
The very best of wishes! ...Read more
Yes: This can be a sign of infection. If this happens, replace your contacts, give your eyes some a few days without contacts, and see your eye doctor if symptoms don't resolve. ...Read more
Usually this is: A obstructed lacrimal system or tear drainage blockage. If the dischagre is white and stringy then this would be the case. Most of these resolve on their own by 1 year of age. You can help by massage ing the inner side of the eye in a downward motion. Small chance this could be conjunctivitis. Best to see your eye care doctor. ...Read more
Eye discharge: Eye discharge can be from many reasons. If it is watery and a little crusty, it may be due to dry eye, blepharitis, viral conjunctivitis, or any cause of ocular surface irritation. This is treated with artificial tears and topical steroids in some cases. If the discharge is more abundant and is whitish pus in nature, it may be bacterial and may need topical antibiotics. ...Read more
Usually: One of 3 causes; bacterial or viral infection or allergies. Sometimes difficult to distinguish between the 3 causes, but viral conjunctivitis is usually occompainied by cold-like symptoms and allergic may be occompainied by other allergic symptoms like runny nose and sneezing. Bacterial usually has heavy drainage causing eye to be matted shut. If you have a painful red eye, see your doc urgently. ...Read more
Blue discharge?: This would definitely be strange and is worth having your eye doctor look at and examine your eyes. ...Read more
Mucus: The eye normally produces tears and other materials to keep it healthy. It is not uncommon to have secretions in the corners of your eyes sometimes. Seek out an eye doctor to make sure it is not something more serious. Have a great day! ...Read more
Probably not: A wet, clean wash cloth can help remove secretions and debris from the eyes. Clean fingers can also do some of this for you. Fingers have been used to help clean the eyes for 1000's of years so the eyes are used to that. As long as the discharge does not reflect a more serious underlying condition, then you are probably fine. ...Read more
Bacterial Causes: When caused by bacteria, conjunctivitis can be associated with purulent discharge. This discharge usually clears within 72 hrs with antibiotic drop use. Eye redness may often persist several more days. Practice careful hand washing and limit touching eyes to prevent spread. ...Read more
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