Right Diagnosis lists 40 medical causes of sunken eyes. The most common of these are dehydration, malnutrition, fatigue, extreme weight loss, underactive thyroid and Horner's syndrome, a condition of the nervous system. Several genetic disorders, such as whistling face syndrome, RHYNS syndrome and Krause syndrome also cause sunken eyes, but these conditions are rare.Continue Reading
Dehydration occurs when the body's fluid losses exceed intake. According to the Mayo Clinic, excessive perspiration, fever, vomiting and diarrhea may cause dehydration if fluid intake is inadequate. The symptoms of mild-to-moderate dehydration are a dry mouth, severe thirst, decreased urine output, headache, tiredness and constipation. Sunken eyes, little or no urine output, dark urine, little or no tear production and decreased elasticity of the skin are signs that dehydration is severe and requires immediate medical care.
Malnutrition occurs when the body lacks adequate nutrition. According to MedlinePlus, malnutrition results from the inadequate intake of sufficient nutrients or malabsorption of nutrients due to illness, such as cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease and AIDS. Anorexia nervosa, a psychological condition in which a distorted body image leads to self-starvation, also causes malnutrition, according to the Mayo Clinic. Extreme weight loss, fatigue, dehydration, an obsession with food and refusing to eat are signs of anorexia nervosa. If left untreated, anorexia nervosa may lead to severe biochemical disturbances and even death.Learn more about Skin Care
Doctors can use Belotero, Juvéderm or Restylane to fill depressions under the eyes. Juvéderm may cause more swelling around the eye than other fillers, so some doctors do not use it to plump depressions in the tear trough area. Doctors may use a dermal filler premixed with lidocaine to make injections less painful.Full Answer >
To get rid of white bumps around the eyes, called milia, use a daily exfoliating treatment that contains salicylic acid and wear sunscreen daily. Dermatologists also treat milia by freezing the cysts and removing them in a process called cryotherapy.Full Answer >
Witch hazel has many uses, including clearing up spots and blemishes, soothing diaper rash, shrinking bags that form under the eyes, treating external hemorrhoids, relieving varicose veins and treating poison ivy, poison oak and chicken pox. It can also help bruises heal at a faster rate, soothe and possibly prevent razor burn, heal dry skin and cuts, relieve itchy bug bites, reduce eye redness, and serve as a natural deodorant.Full Answer >
Some remedies to treat dark circles beneath the eyes include diet adjustments, a change in sleeping position, taking an antihistamine and using chilled tea bags or cold spoons to reduce puffiness. Several commercial creams and makeup products also help reduce the look of the circles.Full Answer >