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Simple fixes for under-eye bags

1. Address the underlying cause. Treat hay fever, if that's the problem. There are non-sedating, over-the-counter allergy medications that may help. If you have or suspect hay fever, talk with your doctor about how to treat it.


2. Try irrigating the nasal cavity with a neti pot -- a device that looks like a small teapot. It can help relieve fluid buildup caused by allergies, sinus congestion, or a cold.


3. Switch your sleep position. Thanks to gravity, sleeping on your side or stomach can encourage fluids to collect under your eyes. If you're a side sleeper, you may notice a heavier bag on the side you sleep on. If you wake up with puffy eyes, sleep on your back and add an extra pillow under your head.


4. Remove makeup before sleeping. Sleeping in eye makeup can irritate your eyes, causing fluids to pool.


5. Reduce alcohol intake. Heavy alcohol drinking causes dehydration. That weakens the delicate skin around the eyes, making it more likely to sink into a pouch.