What Causes Watering Eyes (Epiphora)

Epiphora Treatment: The Facts About How To Treat Watering Eyes (Epiphora)

What causes watering eyes?

Watering eyes are caused by various things. Some of them include:

1. A virus or bacteria infection;

2. An allergy;

3. Stress; and/or

4. Other conditions such as diabetes, allergies, and even some types of cancers.

The most common cause of watering eyes is a viral infection. Viruses are viruses that infect cells and cause damage to their DNA. They can affect your body’s immune system, which means they may make it harder for your body to fight off other infections. Sometimes these viruses have no symptoms at all, but when they do get into the blood stream, they can lead to swelling of the eyeball due to fluid buildup inside the eye.

Another common cause of watering eyes is an allergic reaction. These reactions occur when your body reacts to something in the environment. For example, if you were exposed to certain chemicals or foods that could irritate your skin, then your body would release histamine into the airways causing itching and burning sensations. Your eyes will start to water because the fluid collects under pressure within the eye itself.

A third type of watering eyes is due to stress and anxiety. The eyes are one of the most common areas for humans to experience stress-related buildup. If you feel yourself under a great deal of stress and your eyes begin to water, then you should find a way to relax yourself.

A fourth common cause of watering eyes is due to lactose intolerance. If you do not process dairy products very well, then this will cause your eyes to water as the mucus builds up in the back of your throat.

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