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A 49-year-old member asked:

What can i eat/drink to get rid of my dark circles from underneath my eyes?

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Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
Ophthalmology 46 years experience
Cool soaks: Dark circles occur when the blood vessels beneath the skin show through in those that have thinner skin in this area. Allergies can make this worse. Use allergy meds as needed and try cool soaks to the area. You can probably make it better, but not get rid of these entirely.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How can drinking water help with getting rid of the dark circles under your eyes?

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Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
Ophthalmology 46 years experience
It does not: Dark circles occur when the blood vessels beneath the skin show through in those that have thinner skin in this area. Allergies can make this worse. Use allergy meds as needed and try cool soaks to the area. You can probably make it better, but not get rid of these entirely.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Does drinking water help get rid of dark circles under your eyes?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
Maybe: If the dark circles are due to poor hydration, drining more water may be of benefit.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How do I get rid of those dark purple circles around my eyes?

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Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 31 years experience
Decongestants: The blood from the face drains alongside the nose as it flows back to the heart; if there is a lot of nasal congestion, this puts pressure on the veins, and the blood backs up. The skin under the eyes is so thin that you can actually see this pooling of blood. Relieving the congestion opens up the blood flow, and the dark circles go away. See an allergist if otc decongestants don't help.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Also a little plasma may leak out of those veins resulting in swelling of the lower eyelids & upper cheeks. OTC antihistamines do not work on congestion. Nasalcrom may help. Prescription nasal sprays both antihistamine & corticosteroid effectively reduce congestion, excess blood flow, & as a result the dark, swollen circles under your eyes that are called ALLERGIC SHINERS.
Dec 25, 2011
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how to get rid of the dark circles around my eyes?

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Dr. Neil Notaroberto
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Allergy symptoms: Capillary leakage from histamine release due to allergies cause the swelling. With chronic capillary permeability, red blood cells leak and stain the skin leaving a darker pigmented appearance. First have your primary care physician evaluate and if your treatments are not working then seeing an allergist for definitive treatment should be your next step.
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A 23-year-old male asked:

What to eat to get rid off darkness around the eyes ?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 30 years experience
Find the cause: Some of it can be genetic, if the darkness is under the eyes, it can be from anemia, fatigue or nasal allergies, you need to have it checked and remedied.

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