How to Reduce Sinus Bags Beneath the Eyes

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Sinus congestion is the swelling of the nasal passages.
Sinus congestion is the swelling of the nasal passages. (Image: upset girl image by Vasiliy Koval from Fotolia.com)

Sinus problems plague 37 million people, according to WebMD. Swelling and shrinking of blood vessels in the sinus cavities can lead to headaches, pressure, itchy eyes, and puffiness or bags beneath the eyes. Folklore recommends cold tea bags, cucumber slices, or the back of a spoon. These remedies will all give some temporary relief for sinus bags under the eyes. But ultimately, finding relief for the condition of sinus congestion will give you more energy and a healthier glow.

Things You'll Need

  • Extra pillow
  • Washcloth
  • Gel-filled eye compress

Sleep on an extra pillow to elevate your head. The gravity will help drain the nasal passages, which leads to less fluid build up.

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Place a cold compress, not ice, on your eyes. A cold washcloth will work fine. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. There are also many gel-filled compresses that are made for the eye area. These will stay cold longer than your washcloth and are very handy to use. The cold compress will constrict the blood vessels so the dark bags are less noticeable.

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Jog or walk in the morning. Exercise increases circulation. This will help drain the blood vessels in and around the nasal passages. If your eye bags are more noticeable in the morning, incorporate your exercise routine into your morning.

An exercise routine can be beneficial to your sinus health.
An exercise routine can be beneficial to your sinus health. (Image: Femme courant sur les quais, Paris. image by Bruno Bernier from Fotolia.com)

Stop smoking, if you are currently a smoker. Smoking affects your circulation which causes the blood vessels throughout your body to work ineffectively.

Tips & Warnings

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink plenty of water to help your circulation.

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