How to relieve sore watery eyes 

Woman with dark hair eating broth at home as a remedy for watery eyes with a cold

It’s crunch time at work before you’re off skiing for a week, so of course you’ve just been hit with the trifecta of dreaded cold symptoms: watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing. While it’s tempting to ignore them and power on through to the end of the week, we’re going to jump in here and point out that practically crying at your desk – despite those assurances that you “feel fine, thanks!” – is a relatively clear sign that you need a break. No one does their best work between tears (except, perhaps, Taylor Swift) and your colleagues will survive without you. 

So, what helps sore watery eyes with a common cold? With our top tips and tricks below, you’ll be able to get back to helping the rest of your family members with their overweight suitcases!  

What helps sore watery eyes with a common cold? 

As we established earlier, sore watery eyes are a symptom of colds. A remedy for watery eyes during a cold like the ones below, along with the right supplies, will help you cope with the waterworks. These tips specifically help watery eyes and cold symptoms: 

  • Cleaning. Keeping your eyes clean with a gentle wash helps to remove any debris or irritants, which is also helpful when you’re suffering from allergies. 
  • Cold compress. Cool temperatures can, ironically, relieve this symptom of the common cold. A watery eyes home remedy to ease heat and prickliness involves placing a cool, clean flannel over your eyes for as long as necessary. 
  • Massage. Massages are not just for your body. A gentle eyelid massage could pep up the natural functions of your eyes during a cold and stimulate the oil glands in your eyelids. 
  • Be prepared. When you have watery eyes with a common cold, it’s important to have the right kit with you when you’re out and about. That includes a quality pack of soft tissues, to help wipe your eyes whenever the need arises. 

If you find that your cold symptoms don’t improve within a few weeks, we recommend seeing a doctor. 

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So, these are some specific remedies to help sore watery eyes, but what about when you’re dealing with a double attack: watery eyes and stuffy noses? Watery eyes with other cold symptoms demand some slightly different approaches, so let’s find out what you need to do 

How to help watery eyes with cold symptoms – at once! 

It’s common to experience a runny nose and tearful eyes at the same time, so here are some general tips to deal with these sorts of cold symptoms: 

  • Rest. When you’re sick, your immune system will be busy expending energy on getting rid of the virus that has caused your sniffing and watery eyes, so by getting lots of rest you’ll help remove the virus more quickly. Bottom line: you need that lunch break nap, and your favourite colleague’s very important instant messages about the state of the office snacks will still be there when you wake up in exactly 45 minutes! 
  • Stay hydrated. With watery eyes and stuffy noses, it’s inevitable that you’ll start to feel dehydrated. When that happens, sipping water regularly and eating clear chicken broth will help your mucus to thin and therefore drain faster from your nose. It will also help restore those fluids that have been lost due to your runny nose and watery eyes. 
  • Use a warm compress. The warmth of a damp, clean flannel over your nose and eyes can help soothe watery eyes. With a runny nose, it can help ease congestion. We know how much you love to multitask! So, why not combine two of these remedies by taking a nap with a warm compress over your eyes and nose? We know it’s what Kenny would do. 

Having a cold is always taxing for your body, and it’s even worse when sore, watery eyes are stopping you from getting through that everlasting to-do list. But, when you add these tips to the top of the list, you can help deal with your watery eyes, and get rid of your cold as quickly as possible! So, you can get back to doing what you do best – everything, for everyone! – fast. 

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