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Puffy Eyes

Definition

Puffy eyes are a condition where the eyes begin swelling due to different factors. Lack of sleep is unlikely a significant factor for puffy eyes. Drinking plenty of water, limiting alcohol and salt consumption and protecting your skin from the harsh sun will help reduce this problem. Puffy eyes can also be a sign of sinus and allergy problems.

Under-eye puffiness is usually only a temporary cosmetic concern and rarely a sign of a serious underlying medical condition. It can be caused by different factors such as too much sodium in a diet causing water retention, tossing and turning and not getting enough sleep, excessive drinking of alcohol, and others as well. Puffy eyes can be a real problem. They are generally worse in the morning and can be aggravated by sinus/allergy trouble.

Causes of Puffy Eyes

  • Puffy eyes may also result if you touch your eyelids after handling substances which you are allergic to, like formaldehyde in paper. If your eyelids swell frequently from an allergic reaction, the connective tissue fibres in your lids can get damaged. The greater the number of times of allergy and swelling, the looser and more puffy your lids get. So if you suspect allergies to be the culprit, take steps to control the problem immediately.
  • Puffiness is caused by the changes in body fluid balance due to some whether conditions.
  • High blood pressure This condition can push fluids into the tissue surrounding your eyes.
  • Another possible cause for puffy eyes could be eyelid dermatitis - a skin rash that irritates just the eyelids. It affects more often to people with sensitive skin. Eyelid dermatitis is often caused by an allergy to a cosmetic or skin care product and, if the allergies keep recurring, it can result in eye bags. Stop using any skin care product on your face as soon as you see a sign of eye irritation.
  • Puffy swollen eyes can also be initiated by an allergic reaction to food, dust or pollen, or due to an allergic skin rash elsewhere on your face. If the allergy isn't treated, this temporary puffiness could become permanent.

Symptoms of Puffy eyes

Symptoms of Puffy eyes such as includes:

  1. Although some blurry vision or difficulty opening the eye may be seen because of the swelling, more serious visual problems are less common.
  2. Headache may also be present, because the usual cause of a black eye is some sort of head injury.
  3. Initially, the swelling and discoloration may be mild. The eye often starts off slightly reddened, and then progresses to a darker shade.
  4. There may be fever in some conditions.
  5. The eyes becomes like dead in the evening.
  6. Swelling increases as discoloration progresses.
  7. The area around the eyes becomes infectious and water comes out of eyes regularly.

Treatment of Puffy eyes

Treatment of puffy eyes are as:

  • Try an ordinary ice pack. The cold temperature may help reduce swelling.
  • Avoid overly windy conditions. Wear glasses or goggles to help protect your eyes and act as a buffer against intense environmental conditions.
  • Wash face with ice cold water.
  • Use an aloe-based eye-soothing gel or cream.
  • Drink lots of water. Puffy eyes often indicate water retention, which you can alleviate by drinking plenty of liquids; this flushes excess salt from your system.
  • Antihistimines might help but they can cause more eye problems as they may dry the eye.
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