Just what you don't need at any time, and especially not on an important occasion: Swollen eyelids. Our skin can do the strangest things at the most inopportune times. Often there seems to be no rhyme or reason why a certain body part has decided to swell. It could be an allergic reaction to something you've eaten, to medicine, to your make-up, to a bug bite or too much exposure to the sun. Regardless of the cause, reach into your bag of tricks and get to work reducing those swollen eyelids.

Is This an Emergency?

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

Cold Spoons

Grab two metal spoons. Put them in the freezer until they are icy cold. Retrieve the spoons, lie down and place the back of the spoons over your closed eyelids. The cold should help reduce swelling.

Nose Spray

Dash to the drug store and purchase a bottle of Afrin nose spray. Squirt some of the liquid onto a cotton ball and dab your lids. This should help reduce the puffiness. Afrin contains oxymetazoline and this ingredient helps reduce swelling (in your nostrils, too).

Hemorrhoid Cream

Hemorrhoid cream shrinks your hemorrhoids and according to Dr. Lawrence Gibson of the Mayo Clinic there is some evidence that hemorrhoid cream can reduce eye swelling in puffiness but he warns that the contents in the cream may be irritating to your eye skin. Consequently, you may reduce the puffiness but end up with redness around your eyes, which isn't your goal.

More Cold

When you apply something cold to your skin, this helps shrink capillaries and promotes lympathic drainage. Place cold, peeled cucumber slices over your eyelid to help combat the swelling. A frozen bag of vegetables should do the trick as well.


Tea contains tannin, which reduces inflammation, and it also contains caffeine, which restricts blood flow. Wet two tea bags and place them over your eyes. You should see some reduction in swelling within a few minutes.

Chamomile, Witch Hazel

Total-health-care.com recommends placing warm chamomile tea bags over your eyes 2. Get a bottle of witch hazel, put it in the refrigerator until its contents are cold, pour some of the witch hazel over a wash cloth and place the cloth over your closed eyes. Make sure that you don't get the witch hazel in your eyes because it will irritate them.

Essential Oils

Put 1 drop of lavender essential oil and 1 drop of lemon essential oil into 1 cup of boiled water. Let the water cool a bit and then dip a wash cloth into the mixture. Gently bathe your swollen lids, according to Total-health-care.com 2.

Still Swollen?

If none of the above remedies work and your swollen eyelids persist, consult with your doctor. He may recommend an antibiotic cream for your lids and perhaps an antibiotic eyedrop, according to Georgiahealthinfo.gov.