The Cause Of Tears And Nasal Mucus When Yawning Is Due To Drowsiness?
Good evening doctor, I have a question. I am a woman, a 20 year old student, since I was a child, if I was sleepy and yawning continuously, it would be followed by tears that came out and a rather large amount of watery, colorless runny nose, painless, but a little annoying because I had to wipe with tissue continuously. At first I thought it was normal, but after asking people around me, it turned out that no one experienced the same condition as me. what condition is this? is there any way to reduce or eliminate the production of tears and mucus when I yawn due to sleepiness? Thank you very much. Good night
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When the mouth is wide open while yawning, the muscles around the eyes will experience indirect pressure. This condition can make the tear glands, which are located at the outer corner of the upper eye, become depressed so that even more tears will come out. If you only yawn every now and then, you may produce only a small amount of tears. However, the more often you yawn, the more tears that are produced can exceed the ability of the eye to block it. This excess tear can then be channeled into the nasolacrimal duct (the tear duct that connects to the nasal cavity) to cause mucus to come out of the nasal cavity. A similar process occurs when you cry and blow your nose at the same time.
Conditions as you are experiencing do not always indicate a disease. In fact, most often, your condition is normal and does not require special treatment. People around you feel that they don't experience these complaints, maybe because they are only sleepy occasionally, not too often.
Apart from yawning, your complaints can also be aggravated by allergies (for example, allergies to dust, pollen), irritation (for example from ingestion of smoke or foreign objects), inflammation in the eyes (for example conjunctivitis, uveitis), side effects of drugs, and so on.
There are no special tricks that we suggest. However, if you yawn very often everyday, it is necessary to evaluate more deeply what causes it and also be given the best treatment. By overcoming the causes of yawning, your complaints will improve indirectly. Here are the first steps we can suggest:
Sleep more regularly, don't be too late at night Routine exercise Protect your eyes from the ingress of substances that can trigger inflammation, such as dust, smoke, or other foreign objects Do not rub your eyes too much If you want to clean your tears, use clean tissue, don't use bare hands , especially without washing your hands Do not use excessive cosmetics around your eyes. If with the steps above your complaint is still not getting better, or feels very disturbing, do not hesitate to go to the doctor directly for further treatment.
I hope this helps.