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Eyes Watering



When I eat spicy food can you explain why mt eyes water?


Spicy foods contain certain compounds that are irritants to the mucous membranes lining the nose, eyes, etc. The spicy compounds found in some of your favorite foods can undergo a chemical interaction with sensory neurons of the body, causing watering of the eyes, a burning sensation, and sometimes even pain!

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Julia Rae Geldis, OD, MS Julia Rae Geldis, OD, MS
Clinical Associate Professor of Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University