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Dealing With Allergies' Side Effects: Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Dealing With Allergies' Side Effects: Dark Circles Under the Eyes

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, sneezing and a stuffy nose might not be the only side effects you have to suffer through. For some people, nasal congestion can cause blood flow to back up under the eyes, and this causes an allergy shiner. The skin under the eyes is thin and the congested veins in the area can give the appearance of dark circles. Some sufferers may also notice puffiness, because allergies are nature's gift that keep on giving.

To decrease the appearance of the circles, you need get your allergies under control as much as possible. If you know what you're allergic to, avoid it. If that's not a possibility, try allergy medication, which should prevent congestion in your nose and sinuses. If you still notice a dark shadow or swelling under your eyes, I will share my favorite natural remedy when you


Dip a washcloth in cold water, and then ring it out. Hold this cold compress over your closed eyes for about five minutes. You can also use sliced cucumbers instead. Repeat this a few times a day. The cold temperature will help constrict your blood vessels, minimizing darkness, and it will also help minimize tissue swelling.

Also be sure to apply facial sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or 30 under the eyes every day since sun exposure can darken skin even more.


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audrina audrina 8 years
Interesting Emily. I did not know this. I will have to look into this further. THanks for the advise, as I have seasonal alergies too.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Another thing that works for reducing dark circles is to freeze wet teabags and then put them on your eyes to relieve the swelling and the discoloration. I've usually used the regular tea, but I think it has to have caffeine in it in order to work.
1apple 1apple 8 years
Interesting comment, Emily. I will have to investigate this further...
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I've had dark circles under my eyes since I was a kid. It takes alot of concealer to ward off the "are you tired/sick?" comments.
shydcgirl28 shydcgirl28 8 years
Use Unless you're allergic to cucumbers, like me :)
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Allergic Rhinitis represent! I grew up with dark circles under my eyes and thought nothing of it because my siblings and parents had them. We all have allergic rhinitis and it causes the dark circles. Allergy meds are all well and good but none actual remove our shiners. The one allergy med (Seldane D) that did was taken off the market and I like many former users of Seldane D - I cannot find a single med currently available that works as completely as this one did. Its kind of an identifying factor in my family we know my nephews and nieces are definitely blood because they were born with shiners. I'm currently teaching my nieces to cover theirs with concealer so the boys at middle school will stop asking them if they are sleepy.
carbizkate carbizkate 8 years
Thanks for the tip; I'll have to give this a try. I have allergies that are out of control, so I am willing to try anything!
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