Causes & Treatment for Puffy Eyelids

When it comes to puffy eyelids, many women find themselves more concerned with this problem, even though the condition doesn’t discriminate between genders. Puffy eyelids make eyes look swollen and tired, and depending on the severity of the problem, it can be difficult to open or close ones eyes completely.

There are many causes for puffy eyelids, some of which are avoidable while others are not. There are also many different treatment methods you can conduct at home to reduce the amount of puffiness in your eyelids. We’ll go over the causes, symptoms and treatment methods below.

Why Are My Eyelids Puffy?

For most of us, eyelids don’t become puffy on their own. There are numerous different causes as to why one’s eyelids and the area around the eyes become puffy, such as:

  • Lack of Sleep
  • Allergies
  • Illness
  • Crying
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Too Much Salt in Diet
  • Too Much Artificial Sweetner in Diet
  • Edema, or Fluid Retention
  • Make-up
  • Contact Lenses
  • Environment Irritants
  • Genetics and Heredity
  • Medication
  • Dehydration

Many pregnant women experience puffy eyelids and puffy eyes while they’re pregnant. This is normal and usually due to hormone fluctuations their bodies experience. As with other parts of their body, such as feet, ankles and face, a pregnant woman’s eyelids retain water and puff up.

What Other Symptoms of Puffy Eyelids Should I Know About?

The most obvious symptom of a puffy eyelid is the puffiness itself. However, sometimes the puffiness is at a minimum, and there are other symptoms you should be aware of:

  • Swelling or Swollen Eyelids
  • Bags or Excessive Skin Under Eyes
  • Itchy Eyes
  • Red, Bloodshot Eyes
  • Irritated Eyes
  • Inability to Open or Close Eyes Completely
  • Difficulty Blinking
  • Tenderness
  • Pain, Either Mild or Severe

Many of these symptoms lead to puffy eyes, especially if you begin to touch, rub or make contact with your eyelids.

Generally, touching leads to rubbing and rubbing leads to puffiness, so if you are experiencing any of these symptoms do your best to leave your eyes and eyelids alone until treatment is sought after.

If you are experiencing all of these symptoms, or if your puffy eyelids are severe, then you should contact your doctor immediately.

What Are The Treatment Options for Puffy Eyelids?

There are many different at-home methods of treatment you can do before seeking medical attention. In fact, in most cases, doctors will try or recommend these same procedures listed below before prescribing you medication.

For most people the puffiness is usually temporary and goes away within minutes or hours. Try these at-home methods first to try and reduce the puffiness of your eyelids:

  • Over-The-Counter Hemorrhoid Cream, it contains an anti-inflammatory agent
  • Anti-Inflammatory creams
  • Cold Water
  • Cold Clothes
  • Ice Packs
  • Cucumbers
  • Gently Tap Puffy Eyelids, helps built-up fluid release and drain
  • Drink Water
  • Avoid Artificial Sweetners
  • Avoid Salt
  • Get More Sleep
  • Consume More Fatty Acids like Flax Seed or Fatty Fish

If you feel like your condition is severe enough and it hasn’t impaired your vision, or if there is someone around to drive you, seek medical attention immediately. Every person is different and has different needs.

However, keep in mind that in most cases, the puffiness is only temporary and can usually be treated in the privacy of your own home.

This article was last updated on 09/2015