Swollen itchy eyelids can be caused by a variety things. Most common is allergies, to weather conditions or cleansers or make-up, for instance. A scratched cornea and fluid retention, fluctuating hormone levels and certain medications can also cause puffiness in the eyelids. Here are some tips on finding relief.
Swollen eyelids are usually caused by a retention of water, so drinking plenty of fluids should correct the problem. In the meantime, you can use a variety of remedies to reduce swelling and itchy eyelids. Apply cold compresses to eyes. You can purchase gel-filled eye compresses from beauty boutiques. Put one in the freezer for a few minutes and then apply to your eyes for five to ten minutes. Or, cut slices of potatoes or cucumber and put them on your eyes for ten minutes or soak a rag in cold milk and apply it for ten minutes.
Certain foods can make you retain fluid and cause swollen eyelids. Salt and foods high in sodium will cause a retention of water. Avoid salty foods like chips, pretzels, soups and processed meats such as bacon, ham and hot dogs. Condiments like ketchup, mustard and soy sauce are also high in sodium. Adding essential fatty acids found in fish such as salmon and tuna can fight inflammation throughout the body and decrease swollen eyelids. If you're not getting enough omega fatty acids from your diet, you can take a supplement of 1,000 to 5,000 units a day.
Knowing what causes your itchy and swollen eyelids is the first defence in preventing them. If you have sensitive skin, use hypoallergenic cleansers and make-up. Get plenty of rest, as sleeplessness will cause puffy eyes. Rehydrate yourself after vigorous exercise or a night of heavy drinking. Alcohol dehydrates and is a cause of headaches and swollen eyelids. Allergies to mould, dust and animals or seasonal allergies to pollen or grass will cause itchy eyes. Over-the-counter medicines such as Claritin or prescription allergy medications can help relieve symptoms. Check with your doctor immediately if swelling or itchiness continues.