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Eye Bags & Allergies

Lexie Delaney
Lexie Delaney, a Chicago native, attended the University of Missouri, where she earned a B.A. in journalism (magazine writing) and a B.A. in Spanish. Delaney began writing and editing more than five years ago, for the "Columbia Missourian," "Vox Magazine" and "Retail Jeweler."
Eye Bags & Allergies
Allergens cause delicate skin under the eyes to swell, but allergy medications can lessen the symptoms. Photo Credit: Tomwang112/iStock/Getty Images

Those who rock the red Rudolph nose from excessive blowing understand the frustration of allergies. Allergies not only bring on nasal congestion, a sore throat and itchy eyes, but also invite unwanted bags beneath the eyes. Puffy eyes are a common allergy symptom. The swollen shadows make allergy sufferers look sad, sleepy and stressed, but taking allergy medicine can combat the unpleasant pouch.

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Allergy Affliction

Allergens lurk everywhere; whether in the form of pollen, mold, animal dander, dust or plants. When inhaled, allergens spark an allergic reaction. The body releases chemicals, including histamines, that cause eyes to swell and skin to become puffy. Allergies enhance fluid build-up beneath the eye, and when that fluid pools in the fragile tissue, the delicate skin bulges to form undereye bags.

Easy on the Eyes

To reduce allergy-induced bags, avoid allergy-triggering irritants. Stay inside during high pollen counts and shield your eyes with sunglasses. Frequently wash clothes worn outdoors, wash your hair before going to bed and leave shoes outside to keep allergens out. To reduce inflammation, constrict blood vessels by pressing a cotton ball soaked in cold water on the bags, or wash away toxins with a lukewarm-water-drenched cotton ball. Getting a dietary dose of vitamins C and E can also lessen puffiness. Talk to your doctor about prescription remedies. Simple saline solutions help clear the nose, as do corticosteroids and decongestants; they prevent inflamed mucous membranes that create swelling. Antihistamines might cause drowsiness, but can block burdensome allergens. If medication isn’t a suitable defense, ask your doctor about an allergy shot.

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