A KidneyBuzz.com Viewer, Valarie asked, "Why do Dialysis patients suffer from bulging bags under their eyes? It draws attention to your sickness and causes people to always ask if you are feeling okay or if you are resting well. This makes me feel so self-conscious. Is there anything patients can do about the bags?"
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As most Chronic Kidney Disease patients, particularly those on Dialysis will agree, bags under the eyes are a frustrating complication. Many patients (both male and female) find themselves concerned about the appearance of heavy or puffy under-eye bags because they can make a Chronic Kidney Disease patient appear tired or under the weather. While under-eye bags are a natural effect of aging, water retention in the body exacerbates (worsens) the issue. Fortunately, the KidneyBuzz.com Team has identified home remedies which may help improve or correct this problem for Chronic Kidney Disease patients.
Just like swelling around the hands, legs, ankles, and feet, Chronic Kidney Disease patients also suffer from swelling in the face and under-eye puffiness as a result of poor kidney function and fluid retention. For instance, on days that Dialysis patients are able to remove more fluid from their body, they likely experience less severe under-eye bags than on days they are not able to remove as much fluid. Heavy eye-bags can also be aggravated by a lack of sleep, consuming an excessive amount of sodium, and the presence of allergens. Hence, the following list outlines solutions which patients may adopt to help correct their under-eye concerns:
1.) Keep your head up: If you are tired of seeing your baggy under-eyes, then try sleeping with your head slightly raised. WebMD.com suggested, "Add an extra pillow or prop up the head of your mattress or elevate the entire head of the bed a few inches." This should help prevent fluids from accumulating around your eyes as you sleep.
2.) Give your eyes a nice cool-down period: Chill your eyes with a cold compress to ease puffiness. Try chilled spoons, cucumber slices, or tea bags. What you use doesn’t matter -- the low temperature does all of the work for you.
3.) Cut the salt: Dialysis patients are already recommended to adopt a low sodium diet. However, if you find that your body is continuing to retain fluid, then consider further cutting back on the sodium. Be on the lookout for hidden sources of sodium in cereals, canned foods, and other commonly consumed items.
4.) Eye cream to avoid: While many Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients resort to eye creams and lotions made to reduce puffy eyes, they should avoid some brand names. According to WebMD.com, old-fashioned hemorrhoid cream can "irritate the skin around your eyes." Instead, discuss with your Nephrologists about using a retinol eye cream.
5.) Reduce allergy symptoms: Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients may consider talking to their Nephrologists about possible over-the-counter allergy medications. Also, click here for prevention strategies if you develop under-eye reactions due to spring allergens.
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