I'm a 26 year old male with very significant under eye bags. However, they come and go over time, and I want to figure out what's the cause. I'm aware that genetics contribute as a cause, but I really want to check *all* my options before considering surgery. What can I be checking? So far I've considered: - a sleep study - seeing an allergist - blood tests for hemochromatosis (came back negative) I'll consider surgery, but where else can I check to find the *cause* of these?
Under Eye Bags: how do I exhaustively check causes before considering surgery?
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Possible causes of eyelid bags.
There are many causes of bags/puffiness under the eyes. These include oversleeping/sleep deprivation, high salt diet, alcohol or kidney problems, crying, thyroid disorder, allergy. physical/emotional stress, medications, etc. Since your bags come and go, you should definitely find the cause as this may prevent you from having an unnecessary procedure.
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Under Eye Bags that Come and Go...WHY?? Ask Dr Ellen
It sounds like you're taking a thoughtful approach to understanding the causality of your intermittent under eye fullness. I would add to your list a visit to your ophthalmologist for a thorough exam and a physical with your family doctor. Sometimes salt and water retention are the culprits behind this issue. A better understanding of how your diet impacts on water retention may be of value.
Thanks for asking! Dr Ellen
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