Do you wake up often in the morning with swollen eyes? Discover the causes of this annoying disorder, and the useful indications to remedy it.
The eyes are a very delicate organ and any disturbance that involves them should not be underestimated.
Ocular swelling arises as a result of excess fluid (edema) present in the soft tissues surrounding the eyes and may occur under conditions that affect the ocular region alone or in association with more generalized conditions, such as cold or allergy.
Swollen eyes (in medicine this condition is defined periorbital edema) represent an annoying condition that, beyond the unpleasant aesthetic component, can hide more serious disorders related to eye diseases that may require the examination of a specialist.
Before you get alarmed, however, know that even a common cry can make the eyes swell, this is due to the fact that the body reacts to the emotions by making more blood flow through the eyes, which produces a swelling.
Swollen Eyes: What are the causes?
As we said, the causes that lead to periorbital edema are really many, from the most trivial to real diseases to be controlled. Here are the main ones …
- Prolonged tear
- Allergies caused by pollen, animal hair, food, insect bites or drugs
- Reaction to make up
- Water retention
- Lack of sleep or excess of sleep
- Ocular fatigue
- Inflammation of the conjunctiva (conjunctivitis) or inflammation of the eyelids (blepharitis)
- Ocular herpes
- Excessive exposure to the sun
- Sinusitis and colds
- Contusive trauma or orbital bone fractures
- Presence of a foreign body in the eyes
- Unbalanced feeds with excessive salt intake
It should be emphasized that some infections and ocular inflammatory conditions, if not adequately treated, can lead to serious complications, such as visual disturbances, infection of the skin and underlying tissues, or even, in extreme cases, meningitis or encephalitis.
Hence the importance of accurately determining the cause of this disorder, possibly even consulting your doctor.
Swelling Eyes: The symptoms that accompany it
The swelling in the eyes manifests itself differently depending on the underlying cause. For example, if it is an allergy, the swelling will be accompanied by itching, while if it is a conjunctivitis there will be secretions. In case of ocular fatigue, in addition to the swelling, a burning sensation is felt.
The most common symptoms related to swollen eyes are …
- Excessive tearing
- Eyelashes or eyelids “glued” (stuck) upon awakening
- Inability to tolerate a bright light source
- Pain or sensitivity to pain
- Changes in vision, such as blurred vision
Swollen eyes may also include symptoms related to other areas of the body, including: swollen lymph nodes, sneezing and nasal drip, flu symptoms, (tiredness, fever, sore throat, headache, cough and pain), high blood pressure, rash cutaneous or urticaria, swelling of the face, neck or throat.
In some rare cases, ocular swelling may occur along with symptoms that may indicate a serious condition for which immediate medical evaluation is required. In particular it is advisable to go to the nearest emergency room in the presence of: swelling of the eyelid following a head injury, high fever, swelling of the eyelid following a head injury, itching in the throat or mouth, confusion, lethargy or hallucinations, respiratory problems and severe headache, sudden swelling of the face, lips or tongue.
Swelling Eyes: Natural remedies
To act on swollen eyes it is essential to identify the cause, and then go to the doctor to establish a diagnosis and adopt the most appropriate therapy.
Then there are effective natural remedies and without contraindications: they can therefore be used in all situations, to quickly relieve swelling in the eyes.
Such home remedies will be very useful if the swelling is not related to an underlying disease, but to a momentary disorder such as eye strain, lack of sleep, a cold, a temporary irritation or in case of water retention.
Among the natural treatments are
– Compresses with cold water
– Compresses of water and salt. Just dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in half a liter of hot water, leave to cool and apply gauze soaked in this mixture. This type of compress is very useful in case of water retention or infection, because salt helps drain liquids and disinfect.
– Tea (green or black) and chamomile. Just apply to the eyes of the tea or chamomile tea bags put in infusion and then let cool. All these plants are decongestant and soothing.
– Slices of cucumber. It is not a false myth: the famous cucumber slices first put in the fridge for a few hours and then applied on the eyes are a real panacea!
– Aloe vera. Aloe vera is a plant with a thousand properties. If the swelling goes applied on the eyelids gauze soaked in pure aloe vera (available in health food stores and in health food stores) it should also be:
- Not rubbing your eyes when they are puffy
- Wash your hands when you treat puffy eyes and use sterile gauze
Healthy habits to be adopted
To reduce the problem of swollen eyes and have beautiful and healthy eyes it is also important to adopt some rules …
1) Make some lifestyle changes, for example reducing the consumption of salt and animal fats and increasing the intake of antioxidants (red fruits, citrus fruits, etc.).
2) Alcohol should naturally be avoided.
3) Also try to reduce stress and sleeping on the back with a high head helps drain fluids.
4) Then remember to always remove the eyes before going to sleep.
5) And you should always read the labels of the cosmetics used, to avoid potentially harmful substances and allergens to the eyes.
Surely a restful and peaceful sleep is one of the best antidotes. But how do you overcome stress and fatigue and sleep peacefully?