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Question about the tear ducts?

If you have a heavy cold or flu, if you're eyes are streaming and watering from the cold, would that cause your eyes to look more puffy and swollen? Why does it do this?

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  • 2 months ago
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    When your tear ducts need to produce a lot more fluid, they also need much greater blood flow to supply then with a source of liquid and anything else they need.

    So the flesh around them becomes engorged with both blood and interstitial fluid which also comes from blood. That makes the skin around your eyes look puffy. 

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