Bags Under The Eyes

What Causes Bags Under Eyes?

Bags under eyes can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose bags under eyes, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "bags under eyes" as a symptom.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Lack Of Sleep
  • Liver Congestion
  • Food Allergies
  • Hypothyroidism

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
hyperthyroidism in family members
broad-spectrum antibiotic use
meal-related bloating
history of ovarian cysts
bulimia
excessive flatulence
chronic diarrhea
undigested fat in stools
severe right lumbar pain
history of adolescent acne
pain/burning behind breastbone
having trouble concentrating
... and more than 130 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of bags under eyes:
Cause Probability Status
Lack Of Sleep 93% Confirm
Liver Congestion 22% Unlikely
Food Allergies 5% Ruled out
Hypothyroidism 3% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Eyes/Ocular Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about bags under the eyes:
Do you have bags under your eyes?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, somewhat
→ Yes, pronounced
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate bags under eyes, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Hypothyroidism

People suffering from a thyroid problem (usually underactive, sometimes overactive) may have very baggy eyes.

Lack of Sleep

Being tired will add to the problem of bags under the eyes.

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

Some health care providers believe that dark circles under the eyes indicate toxicity and a need for detoxification.

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