Swollen eyes or puffy eyes are caused due to the excess fluid in the soft tissue all around your eyes. It occurs due to crying, lack of sleep and rubbing of the eyes. We can face swollen eyes due to allergies and these allergies may be caused by food, medications and animal dander. Some of the home remedies for swollen eyes are: Washing or rinsing, tea bags, chilled spoon, cucumber, coffee, potatoes, aloe vera gel and coconut oil.

How to Reduce Swollen Eyelids


One Swollen Eyelid

One Swollen Eyelid

Many times we have got swelling in only one eye, one eyelid swollen can cause problems like “style and chalazion” which you can treat by warm compressor by eating antibiotics. The style and chalazion cause redness, as well as swelling in one eyelid, eyelid pain, and you, will also feel that there is something in your eyes. The one eyelid swelling can also be caused by periorbital cellulitis which is one of the infections of the eyelids and it affects those children who are under 18 months old, you can find the symptoms like pain in the eyes, redness in eyes, swelling of eyes in periorbital cellulitis.

Swollen Eyelids Pictures

We have also shared with you the pictures of the swollen eyelids which is caused by different reasons.Swollen Eyelids Pictures

Swollen Upper Eyelids

Swollen Upper Eyelids

Sometimes you can find that only the upper eyelids get swollen but swollen may be under the eyes or you can find swollen lower eyelids because of allergies and bug bites and many other reasons. If there is swelling on the upper eyelids only then it may be reduced by proper treatment like by taking eye drops or oral pill and you can also try some self-treatment like the washing of eyes and be keeping cool or warm compress which will really helpful in reducing pain and swelling of the upper eyelids.

How to Make Swollen Eyelids Go Down

How to Make Swollen Eyelids Go Down

As the swelling of eyes can be caused by chalazion, allergies, stye, exhaustion, crying, cosmetics,  or by the blocking of tear duct, etc. First off you need to get away from the makeup as well as the cream that you use around the eyes this can increase your problems so, avoid these things. Now, you can give rest to your eyes, you can also wash your eyes many times in a day,  drink more and more water if you have swollen due to your emotional stress or you can say that swollen is caused due to crying, you can apply some eye drop, or you can take some antibiotics to get rid of your swollen eyes.

How to get rid of swollen eyelids?

Swelling of the eyes irritates. To get rid of swollen eyes follow these methods.

1. Washing or Rinsing

Swollen eyes can be caused due to allergies. Make sure you wash your face as you can get some relief if your eyelids are swollen.
Washing your face helps in loosening all the allergens and also helps in flushing them out.
You can also apply a cold compress around the eyes as it helps from swelling and itching.

2. Tea bags

Tea bags can be used as a remedy to get rid of swollen eyes as tea bags contains caffeine that narrows down the blood vessels. Take green tea bags or black tea bags which you use for making tea. Dip these tea bags into warm water. Then take it out and kept it in the fridge for some time to chill. Once it gets chilled take it out and keeps it around your eyes. You will find a lot of difference as it relieves from swelling and irritation.

3. Chilled spoon

Chilled spoons act as a cold compress for swollen eyes. Thus keeping chilled spoons around the eyes gives a cooling effect and reduces the blood flow and reduces from swelling. Take a couple of spoons and keep it in the freezer to chill for some time. Once it chills down you can keep the chilled spoons around your eyes. Doing this gives a soothing effect on your eyes.

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4. Cucumber

Cucumber is the best cold compress as it reduces swelling and irritation. Using cucumber around your eyes gives a cooling and refreshing effect. All you have to do is take a cucumber and make it into slices. Now keep these sliced cucumbers in the freezer to chill. Once it chills take it and keep it around your eyes. After some time you can see the difference in the swelling.

5. Coffee

Coffee consists of caffeine which narrows down the blood vessels and reduces the flow of blood, therefore, decreasing the swelling.
Take a little ground coffee powder and add coconut oil to it and make it like a paste. Then apply it around your eyes but make sure that you don’t apply it to your eyelids. Then leave it off for some time and wash it with cold water.

6. Aloe vera gel

Aloe vera gel is a plant that is made up of water-based gel latex and has a protective outer layer. It consists of vitamins, minerals, and sugar that protect the skin. It also helps from preventing wrinkles and heal minor burns. People plant aloe vera gel and use it as a home remedy for healing. Take fresh aloe vera gel and mix it with lemon juice or olive oil. Then apply it around your eyes as it reduces swelling. Don’t apply it to your eyes as it irritates you. There are also various creams in the form of aloe vera gel which is available in the market that reduces swelling.

7. Potatoes

Potatoes are very beneficial as they are used to make face packs at home. Potatoes are used in reducing wrinkles, lightening up the skin tone and reducing swelling. You can use sliced potatoes and cooled potatoes to reduce swelling. You can also make juice out of potatoes and apply it around your eyes to reduce swelling.

8. Coconut oil

Coconut oil produces collagen and prevents collagen destruction. It helps in the inflammation of the skin. Make sure that you wash your face and dry it up before using coconut oil. Take a teaspoon of coconut oil and massage it for about 30 seconds under each of your eyes. Let the oil absorb into your skin. You can see some changes.

Causes for swollen eyes

Swollen eyes are caused due to the following

1. Allergies

Swollen eyes can be caused due to allergies due to food and medications. When you get an allergy the white blood cells get attached to the protective cells in the mucus membranes of the eyes and nasal passages. Therefore the fluid builds up resulting in swollen eyes.

2. Inflammed eyelids (Blepharitis)

It affects both the eyes and also the edges of the eyelids. It occurs when the tiny oil glands near the eyes get blocked therefore causing redness and irritation. To get rid of this apply an ice pack or cold pack wrapped in clean water. Keep it around your eyes for 15- 20 minutes. It will help you from swelling and itching.

3. Inflammed eyelids ( Blepharitis)

Pink eyes are an irritation of the conjunctive that covers the white part of the eyeball. It is caused due to allergies, and viral or bacterial infections. Conjunctivitis can be spread from one person to another.

4. Shingles

Shingles usually start with pain and itchiness on one side of the forehead and nose. There is redness, itchiness and swelling seen which finally results in blurry vision. Make sure that you get treated immediately if you go
through this.

5. A clogged oil gland in your eyelid (chalazion)

A chalazion is a painless lump that appears on the eyelid. It occurs due to a blocked meibomian or oil gland which is also called a meibomian cyst. It is mainly seen in the upper and lower eyelids. Even if treatment is not given it disappears.

6. Periorbital or orbital cellulitis

It is an infection seen on the eyelid or the skin around the eyes. Due to this, the tissues around the eyes get infected which leads to orbital cellulitis with protrusion of the eyeball. Complications lead to meningitis.

7. Trauma or injury

Due to trauma or injury, people may face redness, and itchiness and might lose vision in the eyes. Serious injuries might result in permanent vision loss.

8. Lack of sleep

If you don’t get enough sleep you might face eye puffiness and dark circles around your eyes. You may find your eyes itchy, dry or bloodshot eyes. Due to insufficient sleep, you may produce fewer tears which can lead to eye infections.

Symptoms of eye swelling

1. Dryness and Itchiness.
2. Excessive tear production.
3. Obstructed vision.
4. Redness in the eyes.
5. Pain around the eyes depending upon the infection.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the home remedy for eye swelling?

To get rid of eye swelling you can take sliced cucumbers which gives a cooling effect and keep them around your eyes. You can also take chilled spoons and do the same, or you can take a cloth and dip it in warm water and keep it around yours. The swelling reduces and you might get relief too.

2. How do you get rid of swollen eyes in 30 minutes?

You can get rid of swollen eyes by using a cold compress like cucumbers, and chilled spoons. It will take at least one week to reduce. All you have to do is keep it in the freezer and once it is chilled keep it around your eyes.

3. What causes eye swelling?

Eye swelling is caused due to Allergies, Inflammed eyelids ( Blepharitis), Shingles, clogged oil gland in your eyelid ( chalazion), Periorbital or orbital cellulitis,

Trauma or injury and lack of sleep. You can use a cold compress for a reduction but if it continues consult an eye specialist.

4. Does drinking water help puffy eyes?

Drinking water helps puffy eyes as it keeps your body from stockpiling fluids thus preventing eye swelling. Try to drink at least two litres of water every day as it keeps your skin hydrated and your eyes looking lively.

5. Why did I wake up with swollen eyes?

Swollen eyes also called edema to occur due to fluid retention. When we sleep the heart rate and blood pressure decrease. Therefore less blood circulates leading to swollen eyes.

6. How do get rid of swollen eyes fast?

To get rid of swollen eyes fast you have to wash your face at least three times. You can use cold compress like cucumbers and chilled spoons. You can also use tea bags, coffee aloe vera gel and coconut oil to get rid of swollen eyes.

7. Is hot or cold water good for puffy eyes?

Warm compresses are used more for the reduction of puffy eyes as they are beneficial in several ways. It gives an effect by stimulating the oil glands of the eyes and releases oils that stop from evaporating fastly.