Bags under the Eyes

Having bags under the eyes is a common sign of aging. These so-called bags appear as a mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes. As a person ages, the tissue surrounding the eyes weaken. Moreover, the muscles that support the eyelids also weaken. The normal fat that was confined to the area around the eyes then transfer forward into the lower eyelids, creating the puffy appearance. In addition, the fluid may also accumulate in the space below the eyes, producing the swollen appearance of the eyes.

The presence of bags under the eyes is rarely a sign of a serious medical condition. With continuous home treatment and remedies, the appearance of bags under the eyes can be improved. Cosmetic treatments are also made available to bothersome puffiness and swelling under the eyes.

Causes of Bags under the Eyes

When the tissue structures and muscles supporting the eyes weaken, the bags under the eyes begin to appear. However, there are several known factors that are known to enhance the presence of bags under the eyes, these include:

  • Fluid retention, which can result from:
    • Hormone levels
    • Eating salty foods
    • Weather changes, specifically hot, humid days
    • Not getting enough sleep per night
    • Sleeping flat on the back
    • Dermatitis
    • Allergies
    • Too much sun exposure
    • Genetics

Signs and Symptoms of Bags under the Eyes

Bags under the eyes are usually evident. The following are the most common signs and symptoms:

  • Mild swelling
  • Puffiness
  • Saggy or loose skin
  • Presence of dark circles
  • Redness and itching (for cases of dermatitis and allergies)

If the following symptoms are present, one mightopt a visit to the doctor to ensure that there are no serious underlying medical causes:

  • Intense and persistent bags
  • Intense redness, itching or pain
  • Affects the other part of the body, such as the legs

Treatment for Bags under the Eyes

Bags under the Eyes

Bags under the Eyes

The presence of bags under the eyes is frequently a cosmetic problem and not a call for serious alarm. No specific treatment is required, but there are several home remedies that can ease the puffy eyes. These include:

  • Apply cool compress to the skin around and under the eyes for a few minutes while applying little pressure.
  • For most adults, sleeping for seven to eight hours is enough time to sleep that can also reduce bags under the eyes.
  • Slightly raise the head while sleeping for a few inches to avoid accumulation of fluids in the eyes.
  • If bags under the eyes are caused by dermatitis and allergies, avoid allergen and treat appropriately

Disclaimer: This article does not provide medical advice or treatment. This information given should not be used for self-diagnosis of the possible underlying condition. Seek medical attention when needed. To learn more about how to treat bags under the eyes, enrol in First Aid Courses with workplace approved training.


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