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Doctor insights on: Painful Black Dot On Tear Duct

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The area near my tear duct is very red, swollen, itchy and painful when I blink. Is that a stye? What do I do? How long does it take to heal?

The area near my tear duct is very red, swollen, itchy and painful when I blink. Is that a stye? What do I do? How long does it take to heal?

Swollen tear duct: You may in fact have a stye or it may be an infection of the tear duct. I suggest that you see an ophthalmologist for definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Inner left eye is painful to the touch and when blinking near the tear duct. I'm getting over a sinus cold. Any connection? Suggestions?

Inner left eye is painful to the touch and when blinking near the tear duct. I'm getting over a sinus cold. Any connection? Suggestions?

Most likely...: If you are suffering of an upper respiratory tract infection the possibility of getting symptoms in any part of your upper respiratory area (throat, ears, eyes, sinus.)might develop a secondary infection. This sounds it might be a stye so try to use warm compresses three times a day, drink plenty of fluids and rest during this season of illness. If worse or no improvement after a week see your dr. ...Read more

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I have a painful swelling under my eye, with redness near the tear duct. Much worse today then it was yesterday. Don't remember being bitten.

I have a painful swelling under my eye, with redness near the tear duct. Much worse today then it was yesterday. Don't remember being bitten.

Stye: This is probably a stye, but may be a blocked tear drain near the nose. Try hot compresses 3 times daily for at least 5-10 minutes. See an eye doctor if the swelling increases, if you develop a fever, or if it isn't getting better in a few days. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning and my eye is so painful. The pain is on the top eyelid and tear duct area. I can't even touch it and it hurts to blink?

I woke up this morning and my eye is so painful. The pain is on the top eyelid and tear duct area. I can't even touch it and it hurts to blink?

Eye Pain: Eye pain can be a sign of inflammation or infection. It could also be a manifestation of some other serious condition. You should get this looked at by a doctor, preferably today, before it gets worse. ...Read more

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My top tear duct is swollen and slightly painful to touch. There's no discharge and my eye isn't watery. Could this just be a blocked tear duct?

My top tear duct is swollen and slightly painful to touch. There's no discharge and my eye isn't watery. Could this just be a blocked tear duct?

Chalazion: These are very common. Use warm compresses to your eye 4 times a day for 15 minutes each. After a few weeks, it should completely resolve. One thing to watch out for is infection, which may cause draining of pus, or fevers and chills. If it gets this bad, you need to seek medical attention. Hang in there!! ...Read more

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How can u rupture a tear duct?

How can u rupture a tear duct?

Trauma: You cannot rupture a normal tear duct by ordinary activity. It will open only with trauma which cuts into the lid on the inside portion near the nose. ...Read more

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How do you treat a blocked tear duct?

How do you treat a blocked tear duct?

See below: Dacryostenosis, clogged tear duct, is usually managed by gentle massages over tear duct. Most of clogged ducts open before 6 months of age. ...Read more

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What can be done for blocked tear duct?

Massage over NL duct: Gentle massage over nasolacrimal duct (tear duct), 3-4 times a day faithfully, will generally uncloggs tear duct. In case obstruction persists over 6 months, infants should be referred to ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How do I clean out a blocked tear duct?

How do I clean out a blocked tear duct?

Depends: If in a child you can keep it clean and use massage against the nose to help it open. If in an adult, you need an ophthalmologist to determine whether the block is in the upper or lower system with different treatment for each. You cannot clean it out yourself but can massage to clear out accumulated debris until you get it medically fixed. ...Read more

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I have a chronically blocked tear duct?

I have a chronically blocked tear duct?

Often needs surgery: The tear duct is in the corner of the bottom eyelid near the nose and drains tears into the nose. It can be blocked at birth creating watering eyes with discharge, or occur later from other causes. Sometimes that needs surgery to open. ...Read more

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What does a blocked tear duct feel like?

Tearing: Your eye will tear up and sometimes you get goopy discharge. Tears will run down the face. ...Read more

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What is the result of blocked tear duct?

Tears don't drain: If a tear duct does not drain, they well up along the edge of the eyelids & skin germs can get in & cause a chronic low grade crustiness or discharge. Sometimes recurrent inflammation of the eyelids will occur. ...Read more

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What can I do to fix a blocked tear duct?

Probe duct: A ophthalmologist can thread a wire down the duct & push out an obstruction. ...Read more

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What can be done for a blocked tear duct!?

Drops or surgery: In infants it will sometimes resolve spontaneously. In adults it may resolve with antibiotic drops but may require an office procedure like flushing the duct or may require a surgical procedure called a dacryocystorhinostomy (dcr). A true duct obstruction in an adult will not go away spontaneously and can lead to a serious infection of the soft tissues around the eye that can spread to the brain. ...Read more

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How do I clear a blocked tear duct myself?

How do I clear a blocked tear duct myself?

You don't: The tear drain system is very delicate and not something you can manipulate on your own. See an ophthalmologist to determine the cause of the blockage and learn about ways to treat it. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of blocked tear duct?

What are the symptoms of blocked tear duct?

See below: Usually discharge from the affected eye. And there is no redness to the white part of the eye. ...Read more

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How is a blocked tear duct in adults treated?

Surgery!: You can do nothing, or if you want to treat and eliminate the chronic tearing you will need surgery. There are many different techniques to treat. ...Read more

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What are ways to treat a 'blocked tear duct'?

Tearing: You need to be evaluated by an ophthalmologist especially one who deals with this all the time. It can be as simple as probing the equivalent of snaking out a blocked pipe like plumber or be as extensive to require exploratory surgery with possible bypass or reconstruction. This is a complex evaluation and can be a sign of other problems causing secondary signs. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a blocked tear duct.?

Tearing: A blocked tear duct is most commonly seen in children under the age of 12 months. It typically presents with a watery eye, occasionally with some mucus. Treatment involves massaging the region overlying the duct, mechanically or surgically opening the duct, or simply observing whether it will open on its own. In older individuals, it almost always requires surgery, if the symptoms are bothersome. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a blocked tear duct?

Dacryoscinitgraphy..: Dacryoscintigraphy is a nuclear medicine imaging procedure which can help identify nasolacrimal duct obstruction. ...Read more

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Has anyone heard of causes of a blocked tear duct?

Not well developed: Blocked tear duct is quite common in newborn babies, mostly because the duct is still quite small and well-formed yet. Usually after 6 montns or so as the duct enlarge and mature (more well-formed, it drains better and the blockage is resolved. Often, no treatment is needed. Some persistent cases may need a bit of probing to open it up. Hope this makes sense to you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Blocked tear duct procedure in adults, what to do?

Try massage: Try massaging the inner corner of the lower eyelid to try to open the duct. Probing the duct may be needed by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if I'm bleeding from tear duct?

Should I be worried if I'm bleeding from tear duct?

An unusual sign: Bleeding from the tear duct is unusual if there has been no trauma to that area. If you are sure it is coming from the tear duct you should have an eye exam by an ophthalmologist. Calculi (sharp stones) and tumors of the duct can occur are rare but may cause bleeding from the duct. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are symptoms of a blocked tear duct?

LACRYMAL DUCT BLOCK: Commonly seen in newborns. Tear is produced by lacrymal glands situated at upper, outer part of the eyeball, flows over the eyeballs, then drains through a small opening at the nasal side of the lower eyelid to lacrymal sac, then through lacrymal (tear) duct to the nose. If the duct is blocked, tear accumulates in the sac, gets infected with swelling, redness and drainage of pus when pressed. ...Read more

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What can I do if my tear duct is swollen what should I do?

Warm compress: Try a warm compress and if not resolving see your doctor or ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Is there a less invasive way to clear a blocked tear duct?

I would not: As the blockage is often a "stone" and self removal could lead to damage of the duct i'd seek the help of an ophthalmologist. ...Read more