Any home remedy for unblocking tear ducts?

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Do you have any signs or symptoms? If your eye is watery and inflamed, you might have a blocked tear duct. Blocked tear ducts can occur as the result of an infection or something more serious, like a tumor. Treatments depend on the potential causes. Several home remedies include:

  • Cleanse the area often. Use a clean washcloth and warm water to wipe away the drainage several times a day, so it doesn't interfere with vision. This is especially important if the drainage is being caused by an infection that could spread to the other eye.
  • Apply a warm compress to promote drainage. A warm compress can open it up and allow it to drain more easily. Press the warm compress against the top of the tear duct for three to five minutes, up to five times a day until the blockage clears.
  • Use antibiotic eye drops or ointment. Eye drops and ointments are usually prescribed first for blocked tear ducts. You will need to visit your doctor to get a prescription.
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