Green Mucus in Eye – What Kind of Eye Infection Is That?

Green Mucus in Eye

Nobody wants to wake up with green mucus in eye areas, but unfortunately, it’s incredibly common. Typically, eye mucus is referred to as pus drainage, and it can be characterized by weeping and oozing of the tear duct areas. Pus drainage can be associated with the common cold or other illnesses, but there is one cause that is more common than others, and that is conjunctivitis.

Conjunctivitis is literally an infection of the eye. Mayo Clinic explains that there are many causes of conjunctivitis, including allergies, bacteria, viruses and objects in the eye. And, this eye infection is incredibly contagious in most cases, being easily spread from person to person via the hands, when caused by viruses or bacteria. While allergy induced and chemical caused cases do not bear the contagiousness of the germ caused infections, they display many of the same symptoms.

Most of the time, nasal or throat mucus color cannot be very accurate in determining the source of an infection. For instance, green mucus in nose areas can be caused by a bacteria or a virus, making treatment rather confusing when trying to determine if antibiotics are appropriate or not. However, green mucus in eye areas can be indicative of a bacterial source of conjunctivitis. The thick green mucus is not common with the viral form, which according to Mayo Clinic, is often more watery and not always colored appearance. Therefore, when the thick green mucus discharge is present, a bacterial conjunctivitis source is often the culprit. Of course, bacterial sources can also create yellow mucus in eye areas as well, although this can make swift identification less simple.

Sometimes, the green mucus discharge associated with conjunctivitis can occur in other places, as it’s not uncommon for the condition to also be paired with symptoms of respiratory illness as well, Mayo Clinic notes. Therefore, it’s possible to have green mucus discharge coming from the nose and present in the throat as well as the green mucus in eye areas when bacterial conjunctivitis is to blame.

Thankfully, the condition is normally well managed and easily resolves on its own. Typical medicinal treatment for the bacterial form of an eye infection is antibiotic drops. An ointment can be used for this purpose as well, although it’s typically reserved for younger children with green mucus in eye areas because it has the potential to make vision blurry for some time after application. Normally, with prescribed use of the drops or ointment, both overall symptoms and of course the green mucus in eye areas will start to dissipate in a couple of days.

In addition to prescribed treatments for conjunctivitis you can also use these simple natural remedies discussed in this YouTube video provided by

Because the mucus discharge associated with conjunctivitis can crust and become rather uncomfortable, there are some home remedies that can be useful for symptom management. Compresses that are warm are abundantly helpful at removing the thick and crusty mucus once dried. And regular eye drops applied periodically can help keep the green mucus in eye areas from getting dry in the first place.

Prevention of the spread of the condition is of the utmost importance as whether derived from a bacterial source or from a virus, the malady is extremely contagious. Therefore contact lenses and anything else that has touched the eye should be disposed of or properly cleaned. And, it’s important to remember that as long as discharge and green mucus in eye areas is present, that it’s possible to spread conjunctivitis. Therefore, avoiding contact with people without taking proper precautions first is advisable.

Conjunctivitis is rarely serious and normally well managed. But, bacterial forms of it require medical care in order to get eye appropriate antibiotics used to treat the bacterial source of the infection. If symptoms change or worsen once treatment has begun, it’s important that a follow up visit with a health care provider be considered in order to evaluate the condition.