Strange... When I blow my nose, air escapes from my right tear duct and blows across my eye-ball. I first noticed this about three weeks ago. Like everyone else's first action, I googled it.... it is not uncommon. Has anyone come across this themselves. My GP and I had a laugh about it on Monday. I am not really concerned about it, just curious. I am troubled with sinus problems but mostly under control, however I'm in the middle of a flare at the moment. I have vocal cord problems, so unable to blow my nose hard or sneeze properly.

Being treated for Wegener's/ Neurosarcoid

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  • Hi, yes I get this too! I've had it for years in my right eye. About 3 years ago I had an op to make a new tear duct in my left eye as mine was blocked. Afterwards the surgeon said I might feel air across my eye, when I told him I already did but in the other eye he was really surprised! Have never had it in the left eye. Weird isn't it?! Don't think it's anything to worry about. :)

  • Thanks for the info Mc89. As I said, I am not unduly concerned about it, but it is reassuring to know that fellow sufferers have the same complaint. It is obviously related to the mish-mash of my sinuses. It is a strange feeling.

    Thank you.

  • I should point out I don't have vasculitis, I just look at this site as my husband has HSP. As far as I know my sinuses are ok. Take care :)

  • OK, thank you.

  • This happens to me as well but this is because I had a new tear duct built & to do this a piece of bone was taken from my nose! It is a strange feeling. Eye drainage via nose now.

  • I have found that if I close my eyes when I blow my nose I don't have the problem. Thanks for replying.

  • Hi, SNAP! I had to comment on this. When I blow my nose too hard stuff escapes into the corner of my eye. A bit alarming the first time it happens but I'm used to it now ( although not great at the moment as I have a cold). I also get crackling or popping in my ears when I blow my nose. The ENT consultant told me I have a lot of damage and scarring caused by my vasculitis (WG). My nose was in such a state when I was diagnosed that the consultant said he'd never seen anyone with such a horrible nose and I was his new bench Mark. My right tear duct is also damaged but I have been told having surgery to correct it can cause more problems than what I have to put up with. I still flush daily with a nasal rinse which helps. Like you say, it's not a huge issue or the worst thing to have to cope with and when I mentioned it I was told 'yeah, that can happen...' Hey ho, take care and I hope you get that flare under control soon. :-)

  • Re the tear duct....It sounds as it is a case of 'better the devil you know' etc. Fancy being told you had a 'horrible nose'!!

    Being a new bench mark sounds important.

    I also use a nasal flush.... it is a great help.

    My flare hopefully getting under control now.

    Thank you.

  • Hey at last someone with same problem no one given me a clear answer as to why this happens but I get a clear fluid in both my eyes we should start a new group just for us weirdos

  • Weirdo is the right word. Mind you my friends have been calling me that for some time. As I answered above I have found that if I close my eyes when blowing my nose the problem doesn't happen.


  • Yes, I blow my nose and have to wipe my glasses! I'm in remission by the way.

  • That sounds incredible. If you wrote that in a book no-one would believe it. But we know that these strange things happen! Good news about the remission. I'm looking forward to that.

  • Add me to the list! I have MPA & when I blow my nose, my eyes tear. Doctor just looks at me strangely. I don't have an ENT. My vasculitis damaged kidneys and caused heart issues. Don't care to see another specialist for tearing eyes.

    Now I know I'm not alone!

  • I have a consultant appointment in about 3 weeks time and I will be mentioning it to him. I bet he knows nothing about it. It seems strange that you are having the problem without any sinus involvement. I have just had a quick read about MPA... a rather uncommon ailment. Good Luck.

  • I have the same condition & was told by Moorfields Hosp that it is a very rare manifestation/side effect of WG . They see it about once a year. Because of the Vasculitis (WG) I lost quite a lot of bone in my nose near my right eye and they said I consequently have a hole near my nose/right eye. At least that is what I understood they were telling me!

    The WG mainly affects my upper airways & especially the area around my right eye. I have very dry eyes and 4 tear duct plugs. Despite these plugs I need to clean the right lens of my specs very frequently as it gets get 'splashed' even when I don't blow my nose!

  • That's very interesting. If you google 'When I blow my nose, air escapes from my right tear duct' or something similar, lots of replies are shown, but whether they are in respect of any immune disease is a different matter. We will see what the consultant says when I see him in 3 weeks time. In your case I don't suppose it is a condition you ever get used to.... just a persistent annoyance. I haven't lost any bone or material from my nose. Thank you for the input.

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