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How to Stop Puffy Eyes

Puffy eyes can be a normal part of the aging process, or they might occur after you cry, from lack of sleep, or from medical incidences, such as retaining fluids in during menstruation or pregnancy. Home remedies are available to help reduce or eliminate puffy eyes, but they are not a substitute for medical treatment if the problem seems more than cosmetic. Consult with your health-care provider to discuss any potential risks.

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If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.

Submerge a washcloth in cold water or wrap two or three ice cubes in a dry washcloth. Lie down and place the washcloth on your closed eyes until the washcloth starts to get warm. Repeat this step three or four times until the puffs under yours eyes drain.

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Wrap a cold tea bag inside of a tissue. Lie down, close your eyes and place the wrapped tea bag on your eye socket area. Remove after five minutes. Tannin, one of the main ingredients in tea, is a natural astringent and may help to reduce puffiness and tighten the skin area.

Slice two thin pieces of cucumber and place over each eye while lying down. Keep in place for 15 minutes and remove. The GrannyMed website mentions that cucumber contains an astringent that might help constrict blood vessels. Also, the cooling properties of cucumber may help with your eyes when they are inflamed and irritated.

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Place an extra pillow under your head prior to going to sleep. Sleeping with your head slightly elevated helps to prevent fluid retention around your eyes. In addition, you can elevate the head of the bed a few inches by adding books or pieces of wood under the bed frame.


Refrain from eating salty foods prior to going to sleep. In addition, you should avoid drinking fluids two hours prior to going to bed. Avoiding allergens also is a strategic way to help prevent puffy eyes.


Prior to applying the tea bag, make sure you wrap it to reduce the possibility of your skin staining. In addition, keep your eyes closed because the tannins in tea can cause stinging.