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Puffy Eyes

Is this a familiar scenario? You wake up in the morning to find your eyes hidden beneath puffy lids? Don't worry, puffy eyes are a common problem. Minor puffiness-the kind that goes away by mid-morning-is usually caused by body fluids pooling in the eye areawhile you asleep. But once you're up and about, gravity works its a magic and drains this fluid from your face.

Puffiness can also be triggered 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.

If your eyelids swell frequently from an allergic reaction, the connective tissue fibres in your lids can get damaged. The greater the number of such episodes 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.

Another possible cause for puffy eyes could be eyelid dermatitis - a skin rash that irritates just the eyelids. More often than not, it affects 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 at the first sign of eye irritation. Puffy eyes may also result if you touch your eyelids after handling substances which you are allergic to, like formaldehyde in paper.

To combat puffy eyes:

  • Keep your chin up in bed. To prevent fluid from pooling around your eyes, elevate your head with two, or even three, pillows.
  • Sleep on your back. Snoozing on your stomach can make body fluid head straight for your eyes. So try to sleep face-up.
  • Cut down on salt. Eating too much salt can cause your body to retain water, which shows up in the thin skin around your eyes. Consider switching to a low salt diet to combat puffiness. This will have positive effects on your general health as well.
  • Dip a cotton ball or pad in a cup of ice water, wring it out and apply it to your lids for five to ten minutes to reduce puffiness.



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