Swelling around the eyes, also known as periorbital puffiness, is the swelling of the tissues immediately around the eyes. Although the cause is almost invariantly the accumulation of fluid around the eyes, the reason why it actually happens varies greatly.
What Causes Eye Swelling?
Although eye swelling is perfectly normal after waking up (also known as eye bags), there are some other causes that may lead to eye swelling:
- Eye infections very often lead to eye swelling.
- Sleeping disorders, especially sleep deprivation, can lead to a mild form of eye bags.
- Eye allergies.
- Crying can lead to swelling because of the salt contained in the tears.
- Tear gland imbalance can also lead to puffiness around the eyes.
- Excessive salt consumption can lead to swelling around the eyes and other parts of the body.
- Alcohol and tobacco contain toxins that may lead to swelling around the eyes.
Lastly, there are several skin disorders which may lead to eye swelling.
Eye Swelling Cure
Although swelling around the eyes is usually harmless, it's generally considered unattractive. A good way to prevent swelling is to change your diet and lifestyle. Consider a regular sleeping cycle of 7-8 hours each night and a diet full of fruits, vegetables and free of salt. additionally, elevating your head when sleeping can help reduce the appearance of swelling in the morning.
The only time that you should consult a doctor, is if the swelling is very severe and persistent as it may be a sign of a more serious medical condition that requires urgent treatment.
Painful Swelling of the Eyelid
This type of swelling is often the result of trauma, although it can be caused by an extremely serious infection such as orbital cellulitis which must be promptly investigated by a professional. Lastly, painful swelling can also be the result of a stye.