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What Red Eyes Say About Your Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

You wake up in the morning, stagger to the bathroom, glance in the mirror … and notice bloodshot, ruby red eyes staring back at you. While this happens to everyone from time to time, it’s incredibly frustrating. It detracts from your appearance and can make you feel less than your best. But other than that, it’s no big deal, right? Perhaps not. Sometimes red eyes indicate a slew of health problems. Take a look at these red flags that your red eyes may be sending about your health.

Your Allergies are Taking Over

Red eyes are a common occurrence with allergies. The allergens that invade and irritate your body do the same thing to your eyes. They make them itchy, watery, and often red. For some, red eyes are the first indication that allergies are about to invade. If you notice this condition and the weather has recently changed or you’ve been spending more time outdoors, you may consider that allergies are to blame.

You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep

Sometimes when we’re not getting enough sleep, we know it. Other times we may think that we’re getting enough, but our bodies definitely disagree. If your red eyes come out of nowhere, getting more sleep for a few days may help. This is especially true if you simply feel more exhausted and worn out than usual. Take red eyes as a clue to get some rest, and if the red eyes still don’t disappear, seeking professional help can be beneficial.

Your Eyes are Inflamed

Inflammation of the eyes can indicate a serious condition elsewhere in the body. It might mean that other diseases in your body are acting up and need attention. Sometimes red eyes can also indicate high blood pressure, which is then causing the blood vessels in your eyes to burst. Because both of these conditions can be serious to your health, it’s important to mention red eyes and any accompanying pain to your doctor.

Red eyes probably seem like a normal, if not irritating occurrence, but they might be telling you more about your health than you imagined. Take red eyes as a warning, and watch your health accordingly. Seek help when needed and protect your eyes and health for the long haul.

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