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Getting rid of bags under the eyes

Bags under the eyes are described as mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes which is common as the person ages. With aging, the tissues found around the eyes and the muscle that supports the eyelids becomes weak.

Normal fats that supports the eyes go down into the lower eyelids and result to puffy eyes and fluids accumulates in the space below the eyes. Eye bags under the eyes can also be caused by allergies, lack of sleep and habits that result to water retention in the area.

Symptoms of bags under the eyes

  • The skin is saggy or loose
  • There is a mild swelling
  • Dark circles around the area

If the swelling becomes severe and persistent, affects other areas of the body such as the legs along with redness, itchiness and pain, seek medical help immediately.

Causes

Bags under the eyes

Apply a cool compress on the affected area.

  • Bags under the eyes can be caused by allergies or dermatitis
  • Not getting enough of sleep
  • Retention of fluid caused by weather changes such as during humid and hot days.
  • Levels of hormones or consuming salty foods
  • Bags under the eyes can be hereditary or run in families.

Treatment

  • Drink plenty of water to flush out excess salt in the body, avoid eating salty foods for the rest of the day. Avoid coffee and alcohol to reduce the risk for dehydration.
  • Apply a cool compress on the affected area. Moisten a piece of cloth or towel with cool water. While sitting, place the damp washcloth to the skin and around the eyes for a few minutes and apply mild pressure.
  • Place slices of cool cucumbers over the eyes. Another way is chilling tea bags in the freezer before placing them on the eyes. Use chamomile or peppermint tea for best results.
  • Get enough sleep for at least 7-8 hours of sleep for adults. Sleep with the head slighly raised or prop up the head using a couple of pillow placed under the head. Another way is elevating the entire head of the bed for a few inches to prevent the accumulation of fluids around the eyes while sleeping.
  • Change sleeping position. Sleep on the back to prevent the accumulation of fluids under the eyes. Place at least 2 pillows under the head so that the head is at a slightly downward angle to prevent accumulation of fluids under the eyes when sleeping.
  • Avoid exposure to allergens. Take the prescribed over-the-counter allergy medications if allergies develop due to reactions to hair dyes, cosmetics, soaps and other allergens.
  • Apply an ice pack on the affected eye. Place ice cubes in a plastic bag and wrap with a thin cloth and placed on the affected area to lessen the bags under the eyes.

Tips

  • Place 2 spoons in the freezer for at least 15 minutes. Take them out and put one spoon over each closed eye with the scoop facing downward.
  • Avoid drinking water before going to sleep at night to prevent accumulation of fluids under the eye.

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