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Question: bags under eyes


 bigmac - Tue Oct 25, 2005 7:22 pm

i'm only 19 years old and i have these major bags under my eyes that look horrible. I sleep well at night but i look like i am always tired. I heard that they may be due to disease. what diseases are these? i have slight athsma might it be from that? Any suggestions?
 Michele P, RN - Wed Oct 26, 2005 8:20 am

bigmac wrote:i'm only 19 years old and i have these major bags under my eyes that look horrible. I sleep well at night but i look like i am always tired. I heard that they may be due to disease. what diseases are these? i have slight athsma might it be from that? Any suggestions?


Frequent swelling & bags are normally signs of allergies. Bags under the eyes are claimed to be mainly hereditary. They also can occur because fluids tend to accumulate where the skin is thinner. Thyroid, kidney,& heart disease & some medications make
baggy eyes appear worse.

Some things you can do are:Avoid alchohol, salty foods, smoking. Take antihistamines if you have allergies, don't rub your eyes, remove your makeup carefully. watch your salt intake.

Some things that you can try to avoid the bags (or decrease them) are: use a moisturizer, .cool wet compresses, wet tea bags soaked in milk, chamomile or green tea bags to each eye fora few minutes, cucumbers the sameway, vitamin E oil or castor oil, (rub the oil gently over each eye before bed), potatoes, egg whites beaten with a drop or 2 of witch hazel will make the skin feel tighter& look less puffy. The which hazel reduces swelling & will keep the egg whites from drying to rapidly. Be careful not to put that directly in the eye!!! And of corse, cold water - anytime of the day to constrict blood vessels & reduce swelling. Sleep on your back w/your head elevated.

Best of luck :)

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