Eye Booger

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Eye discharge or gunk consists of mucus, oil, skin cells, and other debris that builds up in the corner of the eyes as you sleep.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Conjunctival redness

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Eye pain

  • Dysphagia

  • Unilateral blindness

Possible causes

  • Pharyngoconjunctival fever

    This is a viral infection causing sore throat, red eyes, and fever. Some patients may have enlarged glands (lymph nodes) in the neck. Patients will recover without treatment by themselves.

  • Corneal damage

    Corneal damage is a wound to the part of the eye known as the cornea. The cornea is the crystal clear (transparent) tissue that covers the front of the eye.

Related serious diseases

  • Enterovirus infection

    Enteroviruses are a group of viruses that can be transmitted by eating, swallowing, or breathing in contaminated food, water or airborne droplets. Usually infections are mild. Occasionally severe complications such as inflammation of organs like the heart, brain or liver can occur.

  • Endophthalmitis

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have eye discharge?

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