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Why do your eyes get red when you cry?

Why do your eyes get red when you cry?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Mease
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Is there a way I can get the redness out of my eyes after I've been crying?

Is there a way I can get the redness out of my eyes after I've been crying?

Eye drops: As long as redness of eyes is related to crying only (and not connected with allergies, glaucoma etc), you may try any of the otc decongestant eye drops on an "as needed" basis. Delve deeper to find out why you are crying and then hiding it frequently :). ...Read more

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Do your eyes get red when you cry?

Do your eyes get red when you cry?

Frequently, yes: The tears produced by crying can be somewhat irritating to the eyes, because they are not the typical minute to minute tears that lubricate the eye (they are more like "reflex tearing", or tearing in response to something getting in the eye). Plus, with actual crying, there tends to be increased facial congestion and some degree of eye rubbing, which can worsen the redness. ...Read more

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How to get rid of swollen red eyes from crying?

How to get rid of swollen red eyes from crying?

Cool compresses: Other strange but supportive care: tea bags to eyes; cucumbers to eyes (raw not cooked); hydration with waer; egg whites, and eyedrops (gets the red out) and make up. ...Read more

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I've gotten red spots under my eyes. I noticed them yesterday, but I threw up today. I didn't cry or vomit yesterday. How do I get rid of them?

I've gotten red spots under my eyes. I noticed them yesterday, but I threw up today. I didn't cry or vomit yesterday. How do I get rid of them?

Time...........: The red spots under your eyes probably occurred as a result of the episode of vomiting. These are small blood vessels that have ruptured and will heal--as any bruise does over the next few days to week or two. ...Read more

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Tricks to reduce eye redness/swelling after an episode of crying?

Tricks to reduce eye redness/swelling after an episode of crying?

Cool compresses.: Cool compresses, or drops such as visine to take the red out. ...Read more

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How do I treat my red-rimmed eyes from crying?

How do I treat my red-rimmed eyes from crying?

Cold compresses: It goes away without doing anything with time. You might try cold compresses. ...Read more

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My child cried for a long time on our way home. Now there is a huge red splotch on the white of her eyes. What is this & why? Is it from her crying?

My child cried for a long time on our way home. Now there is a huge red splotch on the white of her eyes. What is this & why? Is it from her crying?

Scleral hemorrhage: A scleral hemorrhage occurs when tiny blood vessels in the eye burst, leaving bright red spots of blood in the white of the eye. The blood is trapped by the outermost layer of the eyeball, called the conjunctiva. Eventually, the blood will be absorbed by the eyeball and the red spot will fade in 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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What can be done for itchy red dry eyes after crying?

Red eyes: After crying often get better spontaneously. However, you can help them feel better more quickly by instilling some artificial tears into your eyes. ...Read more

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When I cry or my eyes water it bunrs my skin and leaves red marks. Why is this and what can I do about it?

When I cry or my eyes water it bunrs my skin and leaves red marks. Why is this and what can I do about it?

Lubricate: For some reason your skin is very sensitive. Don't rub it, and use something like vaseline to moisturize and protect. Does it happen anywhere else? If so, see a dermatologist ...Read more

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Whenever I talk to someone, even co-workers who I'm close to, family members, etc, my eyes tear up, my face turns red and sometimes I start to cry.?

Whenever I talk to someone, even co-workers who I'm close to, family members, etc, my eyes tear up, my face turns red and sometimes I start to cry.?

Consider these: Could consider a psychological reaction, such as social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and perhaps a psychologist could sort out. But your description raises my focus on Pseudobulbar Affect Disorder, especially if you have a number of neurological conditions, such as a recent head injury. ...Read more

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I was changing my daughter diaper she turned really red and tried to cry for like 5secs but no sound was coming out and her eyes were watery and had spit bubbles coming out her mouth?

I was changing my daughter diaper she turned really red and tried to cry for like 5secs but no sound was coming out and her eyes were watery and had spit bubbles coming out her mouth?

Baby turning red: Could be at the time you were changing her diaper she was valsalving, that is what we do when we bear down before having a bowel movement. Did she have a bowel movement soon afterward? Or could have been trying to bear down or at times when babies initially try to verbalize (and they do so much earlier then when they talk) they do stra n and turn red, it is alot of work to talk. ...Read more

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Why is the inner corner of my right eye red there is no pain or itchiness but crying causes a burning sensation? It has been like this for a month.

Why is the inner corner of my right eye red there is no pain or itchiness but crying causes a burning sensation? It has been like this for a month.

CONSULT EYE DOCTOR: If it has been thereo a mnth and is causing burning, get it checked by your ophthalmology or your orimary doctor. ...Read more

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I've been crying a lot, and now my left eye is flaky, red, itchy. The skin under does not look bruised or red. It also appears to have lost elasticity?

I've been crying a lot, and now my left eye is flaky, red, itchy. The skin under does not look bruised or red. It also appears to have lost elasticity?

Like chapped lips: Frequent tear overflow can wash away skin oils and protectants and cause surface damage similar to the chapping that lips sometimes suffer. One would hope that what ever the reason for the sadness is now over. But if the crying persists, you might protect the skin with emollient cream or vaseline which will protect it from the effects of the tears. ...Read more

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I started crying and my tears were stinging my face. When I woke up in the AM I had red sore rash under each eye? What could cause this

Eyelid irritation: It sounds like you have some sort of eyelid inflammation that pre-existed the crying episode but was irritated by the salty tears. It may be blepharitis or eczema. See your local eye doctor if it persists. ...Read more

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I wear contacts and I noticed that my right eye is sore, droopy, red and producing tears to the point where it looks like I'm crying. What c this be?

I wear contacts and I noticed that my right eye is sore, droopy, red and producing tears to the point where it looks like I'm crying. What c this be?

Several things: There are many things that can cause eye irritation. Wearing contacts however, puts you t risk if the eye gets an infection, as they can make the issue worse. You need to get in to see an eye doctor for an eval, and I would use glasses until you get an exam to prevent any further issues. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why do your eyes get red when you scratch? Where does the redness come from?

Why do your eyes get red when you scratch? Where does the redness come from?

Eyes dry: This can lead to chronic red irritate eyes. Allergies, eye lid inflammation (blepharitis) and even certain medications can mess up tha tears and tear film. ...Read more

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Can you suggest a means to get my eyes to stop burning after I cry?

Eye drops: I am so sorry that you have a need for crying. When you cry it is with salt and water tears that wash out the oils and wetting agents your eye needs for comfort. Until they are naturally replaced, you may experience some burning. You can find eyedrops rich in wetting agents which can short this period of discomfort. Hopefully you can eliminate the need for crying in you life. ...Read more

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I was crying last night and now my eyes are puffy. How do I get rid of it?

I was crying last night and now my eyes are puffy. How do I get rid of it?

Chamomile: Make a couple of bags of chamomile tea, drain the bags and put them in the fridge to cool.
Once they are cool enough but not frozen, apply to your puffy lids. It should help! ...Read more

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I always have puff and redness on my upper cheeks (under my eyes) how can I get rid of them?

I always have puff and redness on my upper cheeks (under my eyes) how can I get rid of them?

Eye Bags Kidney: Interesting. Usually, they called them eye bags, a sign of poor sleep. I am not convinced with that. In my view, it is a sign of kidney disease. Get checked kidney blood tests & urine for micro-albumin, protein loss.? Diabetes mellitus, ckd. ...Read more