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What are the causes of puffy eyes with headache?

Updated April 17, 2017

Dealing with puffy eyes and headache can give rise to concern. Although there are many possible causes to these symptoms, in most cases the conditions are attributed to a small number of general causes.

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Some immune systems overreact to a foreign ailment such as pollen or dust, triggering symptoms of puffy eyes and headache. Animal or food allergy are also common triggers.


A study presented at the 46th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society states that puffy eyes and pain in the forehead could actually be from a migraine rather than sinus problems.

Sinus Infection

Puffy eyes and headache could be caused an abnormal mucus production leaking from the nasal passages, provoking inflammation in the sinuses. This increased nasal drip can cause infection.

Cosmetic Surgery

The aftermath of cosmetic eye surgery or Botox applications to the face may cause puffiness and headaches as temporary side effects.

Changing Conditions

Puffy eyes and headaches are usually a temporary condition that can be from lack of sleep, changing in hormones or weather alterations.

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About the Author

Stephanie Flood began writing professionally in 2008. She has been published in local magazines including "Flagstaff Live" and "The Noise." Her work also appears on various websites. She earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Northern Arizona University. Flood's writing covers subjects including health, wellness, spirituality, travel, living and outdoors.

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