Puffy eyes occur when excess fluid builds up in the soft tissue around the eyes. This fluid retention is referred to as edema. Puffy eyes can cause us to look tired and run-down, even if we aren’t. Many times, we wake up with puffy eyes.
The causes of puffy eyes are many, and some are quite serious, but the most common reasons include:
• Bacterial Infection
• Salty Diet
• Lack of sleep
• Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid)
• High sodium intake
The following are serious causes of puffy eyes:
Anaphylaxis – a life-threatening allergic reaction
Orbital cellulitis (infection of soft tissue around the eye)
Remedies For Puffy Eyes
If you are experiencing puffy eyes, try the following remedies
- Cut back on salt, as salt causes the body to retain water
- Place cold cucumber slices over closed eyes for 10 to 15 minutes
- Antihistamines can be helpful for puffy eyes caused by allergies.
- Drink plenty of water. When you are dehydrated, your body will store more water and make eye puffiness worse.
- Try using an eye cream that contains Vitamin E.
- Cut back on alcohol consumption.
- A small amount of Preparation H, rubbed underneath the eyes can reduce swelling. Avoid getting this product in your eyes.
- Place cool wet teabags over the eyes. The caffeine helps to reduce swelling and puffiness and make eyes appear brighter and more alert.
- Try using Robanda Triple Action Eye Gel, a product designed to reduce puffiness and dark circles and bring back elasticity to tired eyes. (Causes for Puffy Eyes: Make the Changes Now to Stop it, 2006)
- Soak cotton balls in ice water and apply to eyes.
- Put teaspoons in the refrigerator to chill; lay them over your closed eyelids. Chill extra spoons to replace the others when they become warm.
- Chilled potato slices placed over closed eyes will help reduce inflammation.
- Try using an air purifier if you suspect your eye puffiness is caused by allergies.
- Avoid rubbing puffy eyes, as this makes the puffiness worse.
- Splash the face with cold water.
- Rest your eyes frequently when reading or working on the computer.
- If your eye makeup is irritating the eyes and making them puffy, try switching brands to see if the problem resolves. Remember to throw away an eye makeup that’s old.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Try propping your head up when you sleep to keep fluid from accumulating underneath the eyes.
- Keep your eye cream in the refrigerator. Applying anything cold helps to reduce puffiness.
If your eye puffiness is accompanied by more serious symptoms, such as pain, bleeding or blurred vision, is due to an allergic reaction, or if you suspect you may have conjunctivitis or a bacterial infection, consult your physician for advice. Otherwise, you can get rid of puffy eyes with a few of these simple home treatments.
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