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How to Deal with Puffy Eyes

Introduction

Puffy under eyes are a pretty common eye skincare concern that many of us will have experienced at some point in our lives. Some people experience it on a daily basis, while others are more fortunate to only experience it when they lack sleep or hydration. Puffiness under the eyes, also known as eye bags, are not usually a cause for too much concern. However, in some other cases, especially when the puffiness is caused by some sort of inflammation or swelling, it might be a sign of another underlying condition such as allergies or eye-related medical concerns. Puffiness can also just be genetic. Some families have a trait of eye bags and extra fat in their under eye area that leads to an appearance of the skin puffing up.

In this article, we will go through the causes of puffy eyes and how to treat them!

Lifestyle Habits and Causes

High sodium or salt intake

Having an excess of sodium in your diet is commonly said to be a poor nutritious choice. Not only does it cause harm to your body to eat too much salt, but your physical appearance will manifest the effects of the overconsumption of sodium. Sodium causes the body to retain extra water, which will lead to both the body and face to become puffy. You might have experienced increased puffiness or the face and bloating in the stomach the morning after you had a very salty meal. The thin skin around the eyes is a common area where this salt-induced puffiness will occur. The thin skin will puff up with the extra water and cause eye bags to occur.

Your body can get rid of the additional water naturally and this will usually take a few hours. To help your body get rid of the water, you can start by cutting out the extra salt in your diet. Many processed or packaged foods have high levels of sodium, so reducing your intake of these will be wise. Snacks like potato chips are especially salty, so limiting your intake of it is important. There are foods that you can eat to help counteract the sodium, such as bananas, yogurt, and potatoes. Of course, drinking plenty of water to flush out the sodium will also help.

Crying

Crying is another pretty common cause for puffy eyes. When you cry, fluids will build up under and around the eyes, which causes said puffiness. It doesn’t last for too long, and you should see a decrease in the puffiness after a few hours naturally.

A Lack of Sleep

A lack of sleep is another common cause of natural puffiness. Your under eyes can swell up if you do not get sufficient rest. Furthermore, you might also experience eyelids that are dropping, redness in the eyes, and dark circles. What happens when you don’t get enough sleep is a weakening of the muscles around the eyes. When the muscles relax and loosen, it causes the skin to droop and sag. If you consistently do not sleep enough, eventually there will also be a drop in collagen levels around the eyes. Collagen is the tissue responsible for the elasticity and suppleness of the skin. This loss of collagen also makes fluid collect, resulting in swelling and hence puffy under eyes.

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Allergies

Allergies are another potential cause for puffiness under the eyes. When your eyes are exposed to an irritant, the sinuses and eye area will have a build-up of fluids, causing puffiness. Additionally, if your eyes are red and itchy you might be tempted to rub them to alleviate the itchiness. When your eyes are exposed to an allergen, the protective cells within the eyes, which are called mast cells, will release proteins from the immune system known as histamines to combat the allergens. The process will result in watering and sensitivity of the eyes. Rubbing your eyes will further exacerbate the swelling and make the puffiness worse. Some of the more common eye allergies are environmental irritants like pollen, dust, smoke, chemicals, and perfume.

You can treat eye allergies quite easily with eye drops or by washing your eyes with clean water. Some common over the counter remedies for eye allergies are antihistamines like Claritin and Benadryl or decongestants like Afrin.

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Eye Infections

Eye infections are another cause of puffy eyes. In the case of an infection, it is more likely that there is some sort of inflammation or swelling that is causing the puffiness. The eye bag will be tender to the touch and red as compared to the usual puffiness from crying. Eye infections can start from one eye and then spread to the other, especially if you rub the infected eye then the other. Some of the common eye infections are listed below:

Conjunctivitis

Also known by its other name — pink eye. This infection is usually a result of some kind of bacteria, virus, or other irritants. It is given its name due to the pink color the eye area develops when swelling.

Stye

A stye develops when there is an infection in the tear ducts or one of the eyelash hair follicles. You can tell a stye is forming when there is a little red bump along the lash line. The stye can develop into something more severe if there is pus in the style which can indicate there is infection.

Chalazion

A chalazion is something like a stye, but more specifically it occurs when an oil gland in the eye area is blocked. It’s something like a pimple on your eye. There will be swelling that forms a reddish-colored bump on the eye area. It can also get infected and feel tender to the touch.

The most effective way to alleviate a swollen eye due to infection is to hold a clean, damp, warm towel as a warm compress against the eye. Do not rub, just press it to relieve the swelling. If it does not go down after a day or two you will want to get some eye drops or medication from your doctor.


Conclusion

Puffy eyes can be a result of many factors. It is important to know whether your puffiness is caused by benign causes or whether it is a sign of an infection.

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