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Bags Under the Eyes: Why Do We Get Them?
1 Feb. 2016

bags under eyesYou can have a good night’s sleep and be well-rested, but if you have bags under your eyes, you will still look ill and exhausted. This problem might seem pretty unserious – you feel fine, there is no pain, itching or redness. Yes, in most cases, baggy eyes can be just a cosmetic defect caused by the lack of sleep or exhaustion; however, sometimes they can be a symptom of quite serious health problems. So why do we get bags under the eyes?

Waking up in the morning and seeing those puffy eyes in the mirror, you should not run panicking to the nearest hospital. In many cases, puffy eyes can be just a natural reaction of your body and it is not dangerous:

Fluid retention. Maybe you drank too much fluid (water, tea, coffee or juice) last night. Your kidneys just didn’t have enough time to cope with the excess of fluid and it got settled in the eye area. Too much alcohol and salty foods cause the same effect. Usually such eye puffiness subsides after a few hours.
Water imbalance. If you don’t drink enough water, your body becomes dehydrated and starts storing extra water (which causes water retention) to cope with the situation. So, it turns out that to remove bags under your eyes, you should control your water intake.
Hormonal fluctuations. In some women, hormonal changes during menstruation can cause their body to retain more fluid than usual resulting in bags under the eyes. The same may happen at later stages of pregnancy, but eye puffiness will go away as soon as hormonal levels normalize.
Sleeping habits. If you sleep on a flat pillow or prefer sleeping on your stomach, it can cause puffy eyes. Such sleeping habits disturb normal venous and lymphatic outflow from the head and promote pooling of fluid around the eyes.
Heredity. You might have inherited such structure of your eyelids from your parents, then there is nothing you can do about it except having a plastic surgery.
Aging. When we age, our skin loses its elasticity and becomes thinner, which makes our eyes more sensitive to swelling and causes the underlying fat to bulge out.

bags under eyes signal about diseaseHowever, bags under the eyes that don’t go away and that are accompanied by swelling of other body parts can signal about certain serious health issues and thus require medical attention:

• Kidney diseases;
Thyroid disorder known as Grave’s disease;
• Allergic conditions such as allergic conjunctivitis or rhinitis;
• Dust or food allergies;
• Respiratory infections;
Inflammation of the sinuses or gums;
• Cardiovascular pathologies.

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