To warn us that it is not going well, our body sends us different signals. Some of them are interpreted correctly, while others are neglected, while they can announce serious pathologies. The eyes, in particular, can tell a lot about our state of health. Itching, redness, swelling ... can be signs of fatigue as they can hide an underlying disease. Here are 3 signs not to be overlooked.

One of the main keys to being healthy is the ability to listen to one's body. Paying close attention to the needs of the body and the signals it sends us to draw our attention to what is not working properly is essential to take care of it.

Thus, each part of our body may present different signs and symptoms, the purpose of which is to signal a problem. Eyes, which represent one of the body's most sensitive organs, can also manifest symptoms that may reveal minor problems, eye diseases or other conditions.

Here are three signs you should not ignore:

Swelling of the eyelids:

The swelling of one or both eyelids can be very worrying, even if it often announces a benign problem.

Indeed, when a swelling of both eyelids is observed, the most common causes are allergies, lack of sleep, an ENT infection and irritation caused by pollution or toxic fumes. Crying abundantly can also cause swelling of the eyelids.

Moreover, when a single eyelid is swollen, it is often referred to as conjunctivitis, a reaction following an eye trauma, an infection (zoster ophthalmic, stye ...) or a blepharitis, The inflammation of the edge of the eyelid.

Note, however, that swelling of the eyelids may also reveal underlying diseases such as an eyelid tumor whose symptoms are manifested by inflammation of the eyelid.

In addition, when the swelling does not only affect the eyelids but also the whole face, this may signal a more serious problem known as angioedema.

Do not hesitate to consult your doctor if you notice any worrying and persistent signs, such as the discharge of pus, continuous sneezing and difficulty breathing.

Loss of eyebrows:

Loss of eyebrows, or alopecia of the eyebrows, causes concern in people who suffer from eyebrows. It is a very troublesome problem, aesthetically speaking, and especially very visible, since it is located on the face.

Alopecia of the eyebrows can have different causes among which:
  • Stress: emotional shock, stressful period ... are all factors that disrupt our metabolism and several functions of our body, which can cause eyebrow alopecia
  • Anemia (iron deficiency)
  • Alopecia areata: A dermatological disease that causes hair loss and loss of eyebrows and lashes. This disease is recurrent.
  • Atopic dermatitis

Loss of eyebrows can also be caused by hormonal disorders, specifically those of the thyroid. Indeed, hypothyroidism which refers to insufficient production of thyroid hormones, can cause hair loss and alopecia of the eyebrows. People suffering from this disease may have more balding eyebrows especially at the temples.

To remedy this problem, it is important to detect the cause. For example, if eyebrow alopecia is caused by stress, you must learn to better manage your emotions. On the other hand, if it is the result of hypothyroidism, you must follow a precise treatment, to treat this disease.

Red eyes:

The redness of the eyes as such is not necessarily worrying, however, when it is associated with other symptoms, it becomes so!

Red eyes are usually the result of rupture or dilation of blood vessels irrigating the eyes. This can be caused by various factors or diseases, sometimes mild or rather severe.

Thus, redness of the eyes may be due to:
  • The use of irritants (cosmetics, soaps ...)
  • A cold
  • The allergy
  • Eye fatigue
  • The presence of a foreign body in the eye

In all these cases the redness disappears rapidly. On the other hand, when the redness is accompanied by tingling, itching or discharge, this may indicate more serious illnesses. Indeed, it can be:
  • Blepharitis
  • Conjunctivitis
  • The corneal lesion
  • Glaucoma

The redness of the eyes is generally not serious, but when it is persistent, embarrassing and accompanied by a decrease in visual acuity, it is important to consult a doctor immediately.


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