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How to Fix Puffy, Swollen Eyes

author image Leigh Wittman
Leigh Wittman has been writing professionally since 2007. She writes primarily on health, career advice, outdoor pursuits and travel for various websites. Wittman is a licensed nurse and studied nursing at Arizona State University.
How to Fix Puffy, Swollen Eyes
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Puffy, swollen eyes are commonly caused by stress, lack of sleep, allergies and high sodium intake. Though this condition may not be esthetically pleasing, it is typically not a serious medical condition. Regardless of the reason that your eyes are puffy or swollen, you can diminish your symptoms in only a few minutes time using some items that you likely already have at home.

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Step 1

Saturate two tea bags with warm water and allow them to cool. Once cool, place the tea bags over your eyes for ten minutes. Tea bags have hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties that will diminish the swelling of the tissues surrounding the eyes.

Step 2

Take an anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, to reduce the inflammation around your eyes. Consult your physician to ensure that this is safe for you.

Step 3

Drink an adequate amount of water each day. According to "Braun-Falco's Dermatology," hydrated skin is unlikely to have edema. Healthy adults should drink half of the amount of ounces of water as they weigh in pounds. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs. you should drink 75 oz. of water.

Step 4

Exercise daily to increase your overall circulation to decrease the body's fluid build up, including the fluid that is making your eyes puffy and swollen.

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  • "Foundations and Adult Health Nursing"; Barbara Christensen; 2006
  • "Milady's Standard Cosmetology"; Arlene Alpert; 2008
  • "Braun-Falco's Dermatology"; Walter H.C. Burgdorf, Gerd Plewig, Helmut Heinrich Wolff, and Michael Landthaler; 2008
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