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7 Possible Reasons Why Your Eyes Swell

Our eyes can swell for many reasons. We'll show you what can be the possible causes and what you can do to reduce the swelling with practical solutions. 
7 Possible Reasons Why Your Eyes Swell

Last update: 28 March, 2018

The skin that covering and surrounding the area is especially delicate and is more susceptible to various problems.

However, the internal causes most often cause problems in our eye area. From the moment we wake up, our eyes beg for proper attention, which is why we should adopt habits that benefit them.

What causes eye problems

From eating too much salt to depression, there’s an endless list of reasons that can affect our eyes. Leaving a mark behind that leads to inflammation in the area, there are many factors that can cause swelling in this area and we should be very aware of them.

There are some of the most known causes:

1. Tiredness

It’s a common problem. The lack of sleep manifests itself through various forms— our eyes being one of its first victims. Depending on the rhythm of our life, stress can grow and sometimes, one of the elements that we sacrifice is rest.

2. Blepharitis 

This condition is another common occurrence. When you wake up, you’ve probably have seen some particles at the base of your eyelashes; they’re actually bacteria. If we don’t clean them, they can cause irritation and burning in our eyes. They’re linked with several illnesses in the eye zone.

3. Kidney diseases

Contrary to what you might have thought, there are problems that have a negative impact on our eyes despite being far away from them. Glomerulonephritis and nephrotic syndrome are two possible causes of the problem because they cause liquid retention.

4. Allergies

If your eyes are swollen, it could be a sign of another problem. If the swelling doesn’t disappear after washing your face, nor after time, it could be a sign of an allergy. Conjunctivitis is one of the most common types. If your eyes look red for several days, you might have a case of conjunctivitis.

5. Genetics

The influence of genes always shows itself in our physical aspect and tendencies. If you have family members with these characteristics, you’re very likely to have it as well without it necessarily being a health concern. Some things that come from heredity are inevitable.

6. Age

Time will always leave its mark on our body. As much as we try to take care of ourselves, there are things that we can’t avoid and our skin will show the biggest changes. Among those changes, our eyes will feel the impact of our tissues and muscles wearing down over time.

7. Crying

This is inevitable. At some point in our lives, we’ve been through sore moments that make us cry as a way to release our emotion. In those moments, our tear glands have to work at a faster pace than normal, which causes inflammation. 

What we should do

At home, we can resolve the majority of these cases with some homemade remedies or by developing better facial cleansing habits when starting and ending the day.

The most popular remedy has to do with hygiene. Always clean your face with cold water, which is the best option for reducing the swelling in the affected areas. You shouldn’t just rinse the problematic area. Taking your time, using a skin care routine will be much more beneficial.

Fold a cloth in half and wet it with cold water. When it’s entirely damp, close your eyes and place the cloth on top of them. You can do this process at home before going to sleep. Eyes don’t just swell up when you wake up, they’re also impacted by daily life throughout the entire day. Leave the cloth on for 10 minutes.

If you think that you’re swelling is a result of a circulation issue, you can lightly tap your eyelids with your index and middle fingers. This pushes the accumulated blood back into action.

Rest. It sounds simple, but even getting 8 hours of sleep isn’t enough for proper rest. Clear your mind before sleeping, avoid lights and push your worries to the side. Don’t check your computer or phone. You have no reason for waking up when you shouldn’t be.

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