Bags under the eyes: what to do?
Before undertaking anything, it is necessary to find out the cause of this unpleasant phenomenon. Only then can you find a way to get rid of bags under the eyes.
Bags under the eyes appear either due to swelling, or due to the proliferation of adipose tissue. They can only be a cosmetic defect, but they can also indicate serious diseases.
In what cases do bags appear in a healthy person?
If the bags occur in the morning, after sleep, and during the day they decrease or disappear, then their cause is edema caused by fluid retention in the body. This may be the result of a passion for salty foods, drinking alcohol (even a single, but in a large dose), lack of sleep. Another purely “female” reason for the appearance of bags is an increase in estrogen levels before menstruation.
Bags under the eyes due to loss of skin elasticity and firmness with age are caused by the growth of subcutaneous fat. The skin can lose elasticity at a younger age, this is facilitated by a passion for sunbathing, smoking, drinking alcohol. A certain role is played by a hereditary predisposition. If bags under the eyes appeared for these reasons, they are constantly present, do not shrink and do not disappear in the evening.
In what cases are bags under the eyes caused by a disease?
If along with bags under the eyes there are other symptoms, or they have arisen in a person already suffering from chronic diseases, this may indicate the onset or exacerbation of the disease.
Most often, bags under the eyes are associated with kidney diseases – pyelonephritis or glomerulonephritis. In this case, they appear suddenly, in one night, and at the same time there are disorders of urination, lower back pain, fever.
In heart failure, bags under the eyes develop over several weeks, increasing towards evening and decreasing or disappearing in the morning. At the same time, the legs swell strongly, shortness of breath during physical exertion, rapid heartbeat, rapid fatigue occur.
With sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses), the bags develop in a few days; at the same time runny nose, pain under the eyes or in the forehead, fever.
Bags under the eyes can be a sign of an allergic reaction. In this case, they appear very quickly, sometimes in a few minutes, after contact with an allergen: plant pollen, animal hair, dust – or after eating certain foods. At the same time, sneezing, nasal discharge, redness of the eyes, skin itching, shortness of breath develop.
Bags under the eyes can also indicate hypothyroidism – insufficient production of thyroid hormones. In this case, they are accompanied by weight gain, constipation, decreased memory and attention, weakness, depression, menstrual irregularities in women.
And the most serious cause of bags under the eyes is a malignant tumor that causes the so-called vena cava compression syndrome.
What to do?
It is clear that if the bags under the eyes are a consequence of any disease, then it is precisely it that needs to be treated, and the bags will go away on their own as soon as the underlying disease is cured.
If the bags under the eyes are not associated with the disease, but appeared due to edema caused by disturbances in diet, sleep, labor and rest, etc., you can use the following recommendations:
Review your menu, limit your intake of salt and hot spices.
Give up alcohol.
Try not to drink plenty of fluids at night.
Sleep at least 8 hours a day.
Cosmetologists and plastic surgeons offer their own ways to deal with bags under the eyes. This is mesotherapy, electrical stimulation, lymphatic drainage and the most radical solution – blepharoplasty.
Mesotherapy consists in introducing substances under the skin that have the desired effect. During electrical stimulation, the skin is exposed to low-frequency currents, stimulating the muscles. Lymphatic drainage stimulates the outflow of fluid from the lymph vessels.
With bags under the eyes caused by age-related changes, blepharoplasty, a surgical operation that removes excess fat, can help. There is also less radical laser blepharoplasty.
In folk medicine, there are also recipes for getting rid of bags under the eyes.
Every morning, wipe the skin around the eyes with an ice cube. For greater effect, you can freeze not just water, but chamomile infusion (1 tbsp. In a glass of boiling water).
Masks made from raw potatoes or fresh cucumbers, sliced: keep on eyes 10-15 minutes, then wash your face with cool water. For the same purpose, you can use drunk tea.
Gymnastics for the eyes
Close your eyes tightly and then open wide – 6 times.
Keep your head straight, look left – right, up – down.
Blink quickly several times, close your eyes for 10 seconds.
Close your eyes for 10 seconds, then open wide and look up (head is motionless). Relax and look into the distance. 4-6 times.