Bags under eyes can include:
- Mild swelling
- Saggy or loose skin
- Dark circles
When to see a doctor
You may not like the way they look, but bags under eyes are usually harmless and don't require medical care. However, see your doctor if the swelling:
- Is severe and persistent
- Is accompanied by redness, itching or pain
- Affects other parts of your body, such as your legs
Your doctor will want to rule out other possible causes that can contribute to the swelling, such as kidney or thyroid problems, infection, or an allergy.
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