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Puffy Eyes - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

 

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Puffy eyes are a condition where the eyes begin swelling due to different factors. Puffy eyes can result from illness, hangovers, hormone fluctuations, allergies, and, yes, exhaustion. They can be itchy, red, and swollen to the point of discomfort. Puffy eyes can be caused by many factors. These include fluid retention, stress, allergies, hormone changes, and other factors as well. When we cry, it is often accompanied by swollen eyes. This is due to the fact that are body reacts to emotions and causes more blood to flow through the eyes which leads to swelling. This 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. Most occurrences of puffy eyes are intermittent and irregular and can be cured easily and non-surgically. A chronic or ongoing long term problem with puffy eyes is called blepharitis and is defined as inflammation of the margins or corners of the eyes and eyelids. Due to the confusion about the difference between puffy eyes and baggy eyes and the fact the terms are often used interchangeably, people often think that there are surgical options available to cure puffy eyes.

Causes of Puffy eyes

There are many causes for puffy eyes. Some are environmental and some are not. Puffy eyes and watery eyes are often symptoms linked to common allergies, and there is some research that links puffy eyes to genetic or heredity factors. This 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.

Common causes and risk factors of Puffy eyes:

  • Changes in weather or hormone levels.
  • Drug induced hypothyroidism.
  • Heredity.
  • Hangovers can also produce puffy eyes.
  • Allergies or dermatitis.

Signs and Symptoms of Puffy eyes

The best defense against puffy eyes is prevention. Keep stress in check by making sure you have appropriate outlets to help manage both emotional and physical stress. For some a slight discoloration in the early morning is enough to qualify for puffy eye syndrome. For others, puffy eyes are described only when giant water sacks hang from beneath their peepers. Using fragrance free, non-toxic skin moisturizers can also help in preventing symptoms related to puffy eyes.

Sign and symptoms may include the following :

  • Itching eyes.
  • Swelling around the eyes.
  • Puffy eyelids.
  • Inability to close or open the eyes.

Treatments and Home Remedies for Puffy eyes

For normal puffy eyes that is not caused by other eye conditions, there are many ways to get rid of puffy eyes. To help reduce inflammation, it also pays to stay away from eating too much red meat and deep fried foods. Instead of eating processed foods, adopt a diet that includes more green leafy vegetables and other produce with high water content. Using fragrance free, non-toxic skin moisturizers can also help in preventing symptoms related to puffy eyes.

Treatment may include:

  • Apply cold compresses to your eyes. Many stores and boutiques sell gel filled eye packs. Stick them in the freezer for a few minutes and apply to your eyes.
  • Try a soothing eye cream with aloe and Vitamin E, which can be applied to the eyes.
  • Drink plenty of water to clean out your system.
  • For allergy related puffy eyes, find out the item causing the allergic reaction and minimize its use,doctors may also provide medication in the form of shots or prescription drugs.
  • Apply makeup remover until the cotton ball shows no traces of make-up. This will keep the oil glands in your eyelids clean and protect your eyes from flecks of mascara or eye shadow that can be potentially irritating for your eyes while you sleep.