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What Your Tears Want to Say… Featured

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Tears signify more than just an emotional meltdown....

May a smearing of mascara irritate you or running nose after sobbing embarrasses you, but tears form an integral part of your life. Always known as a way to flush out pain, anger and sorrow, tears help us to control internal conflicts. However, tears can be an expression of your pleasure, yawing or laughing.

Mostly granted for an emotional response but off course this is not only the truth. Tears are the indication of different conditions varying from health issues to general one.

Some interesting questions about tears

1.Why women cry more than men?

Why women cry more than men? In our male-dominated society, social values may be the reason making women cry more as compared to women. Men are always grown as a powerful and demanding personality. Their independent and problem-solving skills might be the reason to tackle every situation of life that helps to hide their tears.

Another reason is associated with excessive crying in women is a hormonal factor. Prolactin, a hormone acting on mammary glands to produce lactation, also stimulate to tear glands and produce tears. Concentration of prolactin is sixty percent more in women as compared to men. That’s the reason women sob more than men.

2.Why does the onion make you cry?
Toughest war for many of us in a kitchen is to chop onion. Burning and watering eyes while cutting onion is the common event in every kitchen.

Vapors from a cut onion contain sulfur compounds that irritate sensory nerves of cornea and send stimuli to a brain stem. In response, brain cells send hormones to lachrymal glands in eyelids to produce tears.

Knowing functions of tears

Tears are the secretions of lachrymal glands located on an upper eyelid. With every blink, eyelid spread tear over the eyeball. The prime function of tear is to clean and lubricate the eyes. Made up of mucus, water and oil, tear sooth your eyes and prevent from damage.

Apart from this, tears have different purposes. Tears effectively flush out irritating substance from eyes. Tears contain lysozymes, a natural antibiotic, fight against infection. Tears provide nutrients to cells of a cornea as it has no blood vessels of its own.

Usually tears get drained into nasal cavity through nasolacrimal duct, and that’s why you get a runny nose after sobbing in order to drain excessive tears.

Crying is always consider as a natural response to grief but can be an indication of various problems with your tear system.

Watery eyes without obvious cause

Are you always noticing overflow of tears on your face? Or regularly feeling that you land weeping without obvious cause? Runny eye is the result of a blocked tear duct. Insufficient tear drainage from eyes into nasal cavity due to partial or complete block into a nasolacrimal duct can result in increased tearing.

Condition is common in newborn but get better without any treatment. In adult probably causes for block in nasolacrimal duct are infection, injury or tumour that demands ophthalmologist’s opinion for correction.

Stinging sensation disturbing vision

Gritty, irritating and burning eyes taking you at doctor’s clinic indicate disturbance in the tear film. Tear film, a normal thin layer of tears, constantly keep our eyes wet and prevent from drying. Decrease tears production, excessive tear evaporation or abnormality in production of mucus hamper tear quality leading to dry eyes, called as ‘Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca’.

It can be the result of age, hormonal change, sun exposure, smoking or even an indication of autoimmune disease like ‘Sjogren’s syndrome’ or ‘rheumatoid arthritis’.

Use of artificial tears in the form of drops or ointment after consulting doctor is the good solution for your dry eyes.

A sign of menopause

Mood swing is a common complaint in women during menopause and associated with that sudden tear is another problem. Emotional meltdown associated with hormonal changes may burst women into tears during menopausal years.

Miracles of tears are associated with every movement of your life.

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