cry, some of the tears drain down into your nose. That is why you
have a runny nose when you cry. Just before tears seep into the nose,
they deposit in what is called the nasolacrimal sac.
Dacryocystitis occurs when bacteria make it to this sac
causing an infection. In younger kids, the problem is much
more common due to undeveloped facial areas but the problem usually
clears up itself.
tears do not drain correctly, bacteria can often build up resulting
in this infection. Much of the time it is difficult to know that this
condition is even occurring making it even more severe when it is
tearing (usually one eye)
of the hard-to-reach location of the nasolacrimal sac, antibiotics
are usually required in order to control the illness. Saline
is also sometimes used to free the passageway of any major blocks.
The final treatment involves surgery and would only be used
if the previous two methods were unsuccessful.