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Here is Everything You Need to Know about Swollen Eyes

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Swollen eyes or eyelids are a most common type of eye affliction. The place above the eyelids will get inflamed due to the accumulation of blood or unwanted fluids in and around the connective tissues of the eyes and eyelids causing swollen eyes. It causes eyelid inflammation or bulge over an eye, which leads to redness and irritation. Swollen eyes usually subside within a day. If not, you need to consider consulting an eye specialist as soon as possible.

Symptoms of swollen eyes

Eye swelling causes the following symptoms which may lead to serious illness if left unattended.

  • Redness, itching and heat sensation over the affected eye
  • Blurred vision or partial vision or restricted vision
  • Excessive flow of tears and other unwanted fluids out of the eye, resulting in reddish and watery eyes
  • Conjunctiva or pink eye syndrome
  • Increased sensitivity towards external factors like light (photosensitivity), air, cold or hot water etc.
  • Extreme pain in and around the eye

Causes of swollen eyes

There are certain reasons that cause your eyes to swell, this may range from small problems to life-threatening complexity

  • Eye trauma – Injuries or trauma to the eye usually causes swollen eye combined with discoloured eye
  • Contact Lens – Wearing contact lenses irregularly, dirty contact lenses, uncleaned contact lenses, damaged contact lenses causes irritation of the eye and inflammation
  • Conjunctivitis – It causes infection and inflammation of the external lining of the eye. Usually, an allergic reaction towards a bacteria or any other foreign bodies leads to conjunctivitis
  • Allergy – Allergies are caused by various factors like dust, impure water, polluted air, harmful microbes, etc. Eye allergies are also caused by other things like cosmetic products applied near the eye or contact lens or contact lens solutions
  • Bug bite – Insect bites usually implants foreign particles into our system for which the inflammation or swelling is caused as a defense mechanism
  • Cyst – It is also called as a chalazion, a block inside the Meibomian gland, an oil gland located onthe rim of the eyes. This block causes the eyes to swell
  • Stye – Small reddish bump like structure on the eyelid caused due to inflammation of the Meibomian gland. The bump is so delicate and may cover the entire eye
  • Cellulites – Inflammation of the skin portions around the eyes. It is usually caused by bacterial infections

Treatments for swollen eyes

Swollen eyelid treatment includes,

  • At the times of infection, clean the eyes with a warm cloth or cotton. This may subside the inflammation caused by an infection
  • Consult a professional eye doctor in case of small swelling or irritation in the eye, the doctor will recommend using antibiotic eye drops to eradicate the infection or in case of an allergic reaction, the doctor will medicate with antihistamine eye drops that will induce artificial tears to remove all unwanted particles from the eye
  • Avoid using contact lens and eye make-up
  • Apply cold compress on the swollen part of the eye
  • If nothing works, see an eye specialist and take proper tests and treatments

Preventive measures of swollen eye

  • Medical treatment in India is highly advanced for all types of eye treatments. You have to consider seeing a professional eye doctor in case of any discomfort in your eyes
  • Clean your eyes with cold water every day to remove dirt and other particles from your eye
  • If you are using contact lens, clean it with the proper cleaning solution regularly
  • Take up preventive health checkup every year to stay away from such problems
  • Avoid specific allergens that cause repeated allergy in your eyes. Avoid heavy makeups near the eye.
  • Clean your eyes with proper make up removal solutions while removing heavy make-ups
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Diet that Improves Recovery after a Kidney Transplant

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Having a balanced diet and correct selection of food is very crucial in recovering and maintaining a good health after a kidney transplant.

How to cope with the feeling of nausea and vomiting?

Immediately after the kidney transplant, nausea or feeling of sickness and vomiting are common. This is a side effect of the anti-rejection medicines prescribed for the surgery. Following strategies can help in overcoming the feeling of nausea:

  • Do not skip meal as an empty stomach can worsen the feeling of nausea. You can eat small amounts multiple times a day.
  • Try eating food such as salads, sandwiches, yoghurt which are cold and have no smell.
  • Eat dry items like biscuits and bread toast.

What to eat immediately after a kidney transplant?

Within first 6 weeks after the new kidney is transplanted in the body, there are certain dietary restrictions as recommended by the doctor. The following are the important nutritional concerns:

  1. Extra protein is required to facilitate wound healing and prevent muscle loss associated with the immunosuppressive or the anti-rejection medicine. Doctor’s advice is important for right amount to be taken. Below is the list of food rich in protein:
  • Fish and Meats (beef, pork, poultry, turkey, seafood)
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and egg whites
  • Nuts and dried beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Soy products
  • Tofu
  1. The glucose level increases subsequent to the immunosuppressant drug, to keep the glucose level optimal, have food at regular interval and avoid food laden with carbohydrate such as wheat preparations. Instead eat food rich in fibres like fruits and vegetables.
  2. Immediately after the transplant, the mineral level in the body gets disturbed, as confirmed by the blood test; the body may require more of minerals like magnesium, phosphate and potassium.
  • The food rich in magnesium include whole grains, green vegetables like spinach, cabbages, broccoli, asparagus, and other leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds.
  • Phosphate is found high in protein rich foods such as meats, dairy products, nuts and seeds. Examples of good sources of phosphate are milk, cheese, yoghurt, soymilk, wholegrain bread and cereals.
  • Good sources of potassium include dry fruits, dairy products, fruits and vegetables.
  1. The water and fluid requirement of the body also increases post kidney transplant .You need to drink more of fluid to filter the toxins and waste out of the body.

Long-term diet strategy

  • Having a regular meal with a small amount of carbohydrate is a good idea. Never skip food.
  • Take a balanced diet with each of these components: cereals, fruits and vegetables, dairy and meat.
  • Increase the quantity of fibre in the meal;eat a lot of raw fruits and vegetables. This will also help in keeping the cholesterol level regulated.
  • Reduce the quantity of salt in the food, low salt level helps in keeping the blood pressure and fluid balance regulated.
  • Have food rich in protein, but keep it in an adequate amount.
  • Having food rich in calcium is important to maintain the bone mineral density, after the kidney transplant. Products prepared out of milk are a good source.
  • Limit the consumption of alcohol and consult with the doctor to set the safe limits.