Puffy Eyelids—Causes and Treatment

Puffy eyelids make eyes look swollen and tired, and depending on the severity of the problem, they can make it difficult to open or close one’s eyes completely.

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

Why Are My Eyelids Puffy?

There are many reasons why eyelids and the area around the eyes become puffy, such as:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Allergies
  • Illness
  • Crying
  • General anesthesia
  • Chemotherapy
  • High blood pressure
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Too much salt in diet
  • Too much artificial sweetener 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. This is normal and is usually due to hormone fluctuations. Like other parts of the body, such as the feet, ankles, and face, a pregnant woman’s eyelids retain water and puff up.

What Other Symptoms Are Associated with Puffy 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 can be obtained.

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 home remedies you can try before seeking medical attention. In most cases, doctors will recommend the procedures listed below before prescribing you medication.

  • Anti-inflammatory creams
  • Cold water
  • Ice packs
  • Cucumbers
  • Gently tap puffy eyelids, helps release and drain built-up fluid
  • Drink water
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners
  • Avoid salt
  • Get more sleep
  • Consume more fatty acids like flax seed or fatty fish

 

This article was last updated on 03/2016