Puffy Eye Bags Cause & Solution
The cause of puffy bags under eyes in men and women could be as simple as crying or as serious as Chagas disease. Here’s a look at what the cause(s) could be and why.
- Eye Salt Retention?
Crying causes eye puffiness (also known as periorbital swelling), because the salt in tears leads to water retention. Some people are more sensitive to salt than others. Eating a lot of salty foods may cause swelling in the fingers and on the face.
If you have allergies, they can lead to swelling in the face. Frequent allergic reactions leads to leaky blood vessels. Chronic inflammation can cause the same kind of problem. People with inflammatory conditions often have swollen faces, no matter where the disease is concentrated.
Oddly enough, allergy medications can also cause facial swelling. Steroids are particularly problematic. Usually it takes continued use before steroid cause swelling. Initially, they have anti-inflammatory activity.
- Fluid Retention or Swelling
Fluid retention or swelling is the usual cause of puffy bags under eyes in men and women. What you have read about so far are the things that can cause fluid retention. Leaking blood vessels causes swelling, which is slightly different from fluid retention. Fluid retention is an increase in the normal fluid level of the cells. In other words, it is not caused by a leak.
In young people, the most common cause of eye puffiness is sleeping. In some cases, it is over-sleeping. In others, it is a lack of sleep. Lying flat allows fluids to gather in the face.
- Alcohol and Tobacco
Alcohol and tobacco use can cause eye puffiness. The toxins in cigarette smoke can cause irritation of the skin. Smokers have more wrinkles and their skin ages faster. Alcohol causes dehydration, which leads to fluid retention. A night of drinking and sitting in a smoky bar could be the cause of puffy bags under eyes in men and women, especially first thing in the morning.
Pregnancy and the hormonal changes accompanying menstruation is one of the possible causes of eye puffiness in women. Birth control pills, too, can contribute to fluid retention in susceptible individuals.
Many illnesses can cause facial swelling. The periorbital area is particularly sensitive to fluid changes, because the skin is thinner than elsewhere on the face. Illnesses or health conditions that could be the cause of puffy bags under eyes in men and women
- Mononucleosisa relatively common infection, swelling will be present above the eyes, as well as underneath
- Dermatitisinflammation of the skin, may be caused by an allergen or irritant. Cosmetics are often to blame. Periorbital skin is particularly delicate; more sensitive to irritants and allergens
- Hypothyroidismother symptoms include facial swelling, changes in the skin and intolerance to cold
- Periorbital Cellulitisan inflammation and infection of the eyelids and skin
- Chagas diseasecaused by a tropical parasite
- Trichinosiscaused by eating infected pork, other symptoms include muscle pain and fever
Finally, eye puffiness can be a symptom of aging. Decreased collagen production, low levels of hyaluronic acid and thinning of the skin can cause or contribute to the problem.