Can liver problems cause puffy eyes?

11 February 2022

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The simplest answer is "yes," but there are many ways that the liver can affect the condition of your eyes. The most common reason for seeing people with puffy eyes is due to allergies, which also affects the nose and throat.

Liver problems can be an underlying cause of puffy eyes and skin. The liver is responsible for producing bile, which contains cholesterol that can break down fat. This fat (cholesterol) is deposited into the blood vessels, surrounding the eyes and many other parts of the body.

The swelling is caused by the build up of fluid in the tissue above and around the eyes.

The medical term for this is periorbital oedema.

It is common to see oedema in people with liver disease and it can occur at any stage of the disease.

If your liver isn't working properly, you will not be able to break down the fat correctly, and as a result, pockets of fat will develop under your skin.

This can occur in and around the eyes, causing swollen eyelids and puffy bags underneath them.

There are also other causes of puffy eyes, including:

Fluid Retention (edema) Under Eyes - The most common reason is due to water retention, which is related to certain hormone changes. This can come with a number of other symptoms, including swollen feet or hands and weight gain.

Natural Remedies for Puffy Eyes - There are some ways you can manage milder cases of puffy eyes, such as soaking your face in cold water and applying ice packs. But often there's little you can do about it except wait for the hormones to return to normal.

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Some people also experience puffiness under their eyes after waking up in the morning because they've slept in a way that causes fluid buildup. You'll see this more if you sleep on your stomach or sides.

There are two layers of skin around the eyes - the eyelids and the thin delicate skin surrounding the eyes. The thin skin can become irritated easily. Irritation causes swelling and inflammation.

Puffy eyes can be caused by a number of things, including allergies, heredity, hormones and diet. While there are many liver conditions that can cause a host of symptoms, puffy eyes aren't one of them.

Here are some of the most common causes of puffy eyes and how to treat them:

Allergies. Watery, itchy eyes and a runny nose are the hallmark signs someone has seasonal allergies. Puffy eyes often accompany these symptoms, as the skin around the eyes becomes irritated and inflamed. The best way to treat this condition is with over-the-counter antihistamines or eye drops containing antihistamines. Be sure to use lubricating eye drops if you're prone to dry eyes.

Heredity. Some people inherit genes that make their skin more prone to puffiness than others. If you have this problem, try applying cold compresses or refrigerated cucumber slices to your eyelids when puffiness appears. Avoid rubbing your eyes or pulling on your eyelids — that only makes puffiness worse.

Hormones. Fluctuations in hormone levels during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause can cause puffy eyes as fluid accumulates around the eyes during these times.

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If your liver is diseased or damaged, or if you have a disease that affects the way your body processes fluids, you may develop edema, or fluid retention.

Fluid collects in your abdomen, ankles and legs and can cause puffiness around your eyes as well.

Hepatitis C is an infection caused by hepatitis C virus (HCV). This can cause a variety of symptoms, liver problems and inflammation of the liver, known as hepatitis. If you have hepatitis C you may experience puffy eyelids and other signs of fluid retention.