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Puffiness Under Eyes Causes

There are many different causes of puffiness under eyes. Read on to know what causes it and what can be done to curb it...
The eyes are said to be the most attractive feature of the face. However, many a time, even the most lovely pair of eyes are blighted by problems like crow's feet, dark circles under eyes and what not. One of the most common problems that people face is puffiness under eyes. This is a glaringly visible problem and worse still, is nearly impossible to hide with makeup. Hence, you need to know the various causes of puffiness under eyes, so that you can keep this problem at bay.

Eye Puffiness Causes
  • One of the most common under eye puffiness causes is changes in sleep patterns. Too much sleep and even too little sleep - both of these factors can lead to puffy eyes. Even sleeping flat on your back could lead to puffiness in the eyes and a general swollen appearance of the face.
  • There are many conditions where a person may have water retention or edema, which usually shows up as puffiness under and around the eyes. This can be due to many different causes, like, it may be seen in pregnancy and may be due to hormonal changes.
  • As hard as it may be to believe, one of the causes of eye puffiness is a bad diet. A diet that is high in sodium and salts often leads to increase in the amount of fluid retention in the body, which could show as puffy eyes.
  • One of the other causes is excess of alcohol and tobacco abuse. Intake of too much of alcohol or drugs leads to stress and unpredictable hormonal changes in the body. This may lead to puffiness around the eyes.
  • One of the puffy eyes causes is also excessive crying. When a person cries too much, then perhaps the salt in the tears tends to cause fluid retention in and around the eyes, leading to puffy eyes from crying.
  • Sometimes, there may be under eye puffiness seen as a result of aging. When a person ages, the skin tends to become loose, which makes it more susceptible to fluid retention.
  • There is a condition known as periorbital edema, wherein the skin around the eyes becomes inflamed due to the infection and this leads to swelling in the under eye region.
  • An allergic reaction to a sting or a bite is one of the other causes or it may even be due to some kind of food allergy. Usually, there are many other symptoms seen as well, and more often than not, half of the face or even the entire face tends to look swollen. So, this may even lead to puffiness under one eye only.
  • Dermatitis of the skin of the eyes may also lead to puffiness, redness and irritation in the area around the eyes.
  • They're not kidding when they say too much stress tends to show on the face. When a person is really stressed out, then he may have puffy eyes and an overall tired look on the face.
  • One of the bags under eyes causes is dehydration. Due to the decreased amount of water in the body, the cells tend to stack up water, which shows through as swollen bags under eyes.
  • Other causes include sinus problems, heredity, toxin build up in the body, irritation due to faulty contact lenses, as a post surgical complication, as a side effect of using some medicine, etc.
As you can see, there are many different causes of puffy eyes and so, the puffy eyes treatment will vary accordingly. It is best to try out different puffy eyes remedies before visiting the doctor to get your condition diagnosed and treated.
By Dr. Sumaiya Khan
Last Updated: 10/4/2011
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