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Dark Circles Under Your Eyes? Could Be Allergies...
Posted by Jamie on Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Are you waking up every morning with dark circles under your eyes? On Monday mornings, do your co-workers wonder if you have taken up boxing or mixed martial arts? Or maybe, you think your child is not getting enough sleep, because they often have dark circles under their eyes? You or your child could be experiencing a fairly common condition called “allergy shiners.”

Our eyes swell when rubbed with fingers that have been in contact with specific allergens, but these dark rings will appear even when you think you are allergy free. Although a specific allergen is often the culprit, anything that affects your breathing and sinuses or that causes severe congestion may be the source of the shiners.

Allergy shiners are the result of an increase in blood flow near the sinuses. The swelling and skin discoloration are caused by blocked sinus cavities. When the nasal passages are congested, there is an increased amount of pressure in the nose. This pressure prevents the blood that supplies the superficial part of the face from circulating back into your bloodstream. The tiny veins around the eyes are close to the skin and when they swell a blue, bruise-like color shows through the skin. Your blood pools in the veins and capillaries underneath the eyes and causes a dark appearance, similar to that of a black eye. Some of the fluid from inside the veins slowly seeps into the tissue under the eyes causing a puffy appearance.

Many people think that the problem can be solved with medication to treat nasal congestion. I even saw one web site that advocated using makeup and concealing techniques as a solution! These will not solve your problem. Our recommendation is to reduce exposure to allergens. By controlling your environment and exposure to allergens you eliminate the cause of the nasal congestion. The best place to start controlling your environment is the bedroom. Reduce dust mite, pet dander, and dust exposure by covering your pillows and mattresses with Allergy Armor encasings. An air purifier will reduce allergens throughout your house. To specifically address nasal congestion without medication, try a netipot. By controlling your environment and allergen avoidance, you can eliminate those dark circles, feel better, and look great!

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