Causes and Complications of Mucus Fishing Syndrome
Mucus fishing syndrome is caused by a build up of mucus in your eye. Specifically, it gathers in the lower eye lip and can begin to impair vision. This excess mucus can be due to another medical condition that has caused excess mucus productionâlike dry eyes, pink eye (conjunctivitis), pterygium and blepharitis. Due to this mucus build up, the sufferer may have other complications like dry eyes, redness, and irritation due to rubbing their eyes and trying to relieve any excess mucus with tissues, clothes, cotton balls, etc.
Mucus fishing syndrome gets its name from the idea that the sufferer is trying to âfishâ the mucus from their eyelids. Unfortunately, more often than not, this just causes more eye irritation. ThisÂ can, in fact, lead to more mucus being produced to combat that irritation.
ManyÂ eye irritations end up feeling very similar. How do you know the difference between mucus fishing syndrome and other eye issues? Is the mucus different in color? What are the symptoms of mucus fishing syndrome?
Mucus Fishing Syndrome Symptoms
Recognizing that you have mucus fishing syndrome might be harder than you might think for a few reasons. As we mentioned before, the reason why you have mucus fishing syndrome a majority of the time, is due to another eye issue that is causing your eye to produce excess mucus. As a result, many of the symptoms of mucus fishing syndrome are very much the same as other eye issues.
1. Eye Irritation
There tends to be a fair amount of eye irritation with mucus fishing syndrome, first caused by the actual problem, and then exacerbated by the individual trying to get rid of the excess mucus. This eye irritation will usually cause the eyes to appear red.
2. Tear Production
Mucus fishing syndrome may also cause your eyes to become teary, as the body will be trying to rid itself of the irritation, and the underlying eye issues. One of its ways of attempting to do that is to produce tears.
The mucus in the eye produced by mucus fishing syndrome may be a little different than what youâre used to with respect toÂ your eyes and mucus. This mucus can be a little thicker, almost strand-like. If it accumulates too much, it can cover the entire cornea.
You have now seen the symptoms and think you may have mucus fishing syndrome. Is there any way that it can be diagnosed?
Diagnosing Mucus Fishing Syndrome
You have all of the symptoms of mucus fishing syndromeâyou have an irritated eye, your eye is producing excess tears, and you have mucus strings in the eye. So, now itâs time to go to the doctor and get a proper diagnosis. But can the doctor actually diagnose mucus fishing syndrome? Itâs very similar to other eye conditions and itâs caused by other eye conditions, so how do they know whatâs going on?
Doctors and optometrists will recognize it fairly quickly due to the mucus in the lower eyelid, along with the other symptoms. More importantly, they will also be able to diagnose the cause of the mucus fishing syndrome, which is why itâs important to get your eyes checked out as soon as possible if the symptoms start appearing. While pink eye doesnât sound like much, if left untreated, it can do serious damage to your eye. Once the problem is diagnosed, there are a fewÂ mucus fishing syndrome treatment options available to you.
Mucus Fishing Syndrome Medical Treatment
Once youâve been diagnosed with mucus fishing syndrome, there are a number of medical treatments available to you to help clear up the issues. These treatments may differ depending on what the initial cause of the mucus fishing syndrome is. Medical treatments may include:
- Steroid eye drops
- Lubricating eye drops
These will usually help clear up the problems that are causing the mucus fishing syndrome, and the mucus will soon dry up afterward. There are also some natural remedies that you can use to help clean up your messy eyes.
Mucus Fishing Syndrome Natural Treatments
If you are fairly certain that you have mucus fishing syndrome but may have to wait a day or two in order to get a doctorâs appointment, there are a few natural remedies that can help take care of the symptoms of mucus fishing syndrome.
1. Cold Compress
This can relieve some of the irritation and help to keep the eye moist. Just make sure you donât use it on the uninfected eye, as the compress could spread the cause of the mucus fishing syndrome to the other eye.
2. Avoid Rubbing
This can be easier said than done, as the irritation can be a pretty good driving force to get you to rub your eye. However, if your keep it to a minimum, more irritation wonât be caused.
If you do these treatments, it should help a little before you do see a doctor.
3. Stop Fishing for Your Mucus
Mucus fishing syndrome can be annoying and gross, but it shouldnât be ignored. While it may go away if you stop touching it and use a cold compress, it may not. With the types of eye issues that can cause mucus fishing syndrome, itâs not something you want to play around with. Hopefully, you are now armed with all of the knowledge that you need to not only recognize mucus fishing syndrome, but to recognize it early, so you can get it treated and quickly cleared up.
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