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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Dark Circles Under Eyes (Definition)

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Can antihistamines help allergic shiners?

Possible: Allergic shiners are caused by nasal congestion that results in passive congestion of a venous plexus that is under the eyes. So using an antihistamine to help alleviate allergic inflammation and congestion of the nose may be helpful. ...Read more

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Will nasonex (mometasone) help remove my "allergic shiners" (circles under eyes)?

It may be helpful: It may help to reduce swelling and congestion in the nasal passages which is associated with allergies. Saline rinses and gently blowing your nose in a tissue may also help. Discuss the possible triggers of your symptoms with your physician and keep a log of exposure to triggers for your visit. For example, does exposure to a dog make your allergic symptoms worse> ...Read more

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Antihistamines, nose sprays, and completing allergy shots are not getting rid of my allergic shiners. Need advice. ?

? Food allergies: Allergic shiners are commonly caused by food allergies. All the drugs & shots in the world won't help if you are eating foods you are allergic to. Standard allergy tests won't reliably detect. Try an elimination diet- avoid all dairy, gluten, eggs, corn, soy & almonds for 10 days, then add back one at a time. See http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=diet&dbid=7. ...Read more

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I have allergies which caused me to get the allergic shiner .. How do it get rid of it?

I have allergies which caused me to get the allergic shiner .. How do it get rid of it?

Nasal sprays: Allergic shiners result from chronic nasal congestion. If your allergies are all year round, use a steroid nasal spray all year round or considering starting allergy shots. Consult an allergist for your best options and testing. ...Read more

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What to do for allergy shiners and hives?

What to do for allergy shiners and hives?

Allergic shiners: Those dark circles under the eyes are commonly called allergic shiners. They are due to back up of blood in the small blood vessels due to significant nasal congestion. It takes a while, but with treatment of the nasal congestion, the "allergic shiners' will gradually improve. Hive are usually treated with antihistamines and finding the cause of the hives so avoidance measures can be done. ...Read more

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My sons eyelid is a purple and puffy, is that a shiner?

My sons eyelid is a purple and puffy, is that a shiner?

Sometimes: Depends upon the history. Did he get struck around the eye with a fist, a ball or some blunt object so that he has bruising around the eye? Is there swelling? Was the eye struck and is the vision ok? Or did the purple appear with no outside force which could indicate a blood disorder, or tumor? Have your ophthalmologist see your son and sort this out. ...Read more

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My son has shiners eyes so pedi took him off dairy over a week ago. Shiners eyes still present. Does this mean we didn't find the allergy yet?

My son has shiners eyes so pedi took him off dairy over a week ago. Shiners eyes still present. Does this mean we didn't find the allergy yet?

Dark circles: !Dark circles under the eyes can be familial, due to inadequate sleep or from congestion under the surface from allergy or sinus infection (known as allergic shiners). Ten hours of sleep per night should be adequate to prevent this as a cause. Intranasal steroid sprays may help if this is due to congestion. In the United States, all but Rhinocort Aq are available only by prescription. ...Read more

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Hit in eye by basketball. How do I avoid shiner? Its picture day.

Hit in eye by basketball. How do I avoid shiner? Its picture day.

Ice, luck: Usually a basketball hit, only affects the soft tissue around the eye.If your vision is ok and the eyeball not red and no flashing lights or floaters are seen, then you can wait it out. Ice will minimize bleeding in the soft tissues but if enough vessels are damaged, you will be stuck with a shiner. This is a chance to raid your mom's cosmetics to cover up the bruising. ...Read more

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How soon after taking child off suspected allergy should shiner eye go away ?

How soon after taking child off suspected allergy should shiner eye go away ?

Confusing question: Most "allergic shiners" are related to airborne allergens or other factors. They often persist through whatever pollen season your kid is susceptible to. How you would go about removing the air they breathe is a head scratcher. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for eye swelling and bruises to go? I have a shiner.

How long does it usually take for eye swelling and bruises to go? I have a shiner.

It depends: From a few days to a few weeks, depending on the person and their injury. ...Read more

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How come we have allergic reactions?

How come we have allergic reactions?

Complete ans unknown: It technically is misguided immune reaction. The body misinterprets a harmless protein or complex carbohydrate as a potential invader. Specifically it mounts a response as if there is a parasite in the area involved: skin, airway, gut - but if large areas involved or the trigger gets into the bloodstream (like bee sting or food allergy) life-threatening generalized allergic reaction=anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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What are allergic shinners ? Please justify?

What are allergic shinners ? Please justify?

Dark eyes: When you have allergies, the capillaries below your eye dilate. The pooling of blood in these areas give a dark hue to the skin below your eyes. It can occur with allergies but is nonspecific and can occur at other times as well. For example, you may notice dark circles below your eyes if you don't get a good night sleep. If you see this you may think about allergies but it is not a guaruntee. ...Read more

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How often should alleric reactions to mosquitoe bites occur?

How often should alleric reactions to mosquitoe bites occur?

Everytime: Once sensitized by the initial bites, you will have an allergic reaction of varying severity with subsequent bites. ...Read more

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Could I be allergic to lint?

Could I be allergic to lint?

Need more informatio: Did you develop rash or breathing difficulty or swelling or swallowing problem with Lint? ...Read more

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Why would i be allergic to Fleas?

Why would i be allergic to Fleas?

Flea allergy: Fleas are parasites and live only with blood meals from a host. Fleas haves a special mouthpiece that punctures intact skin and siphons blood. Like many proteins and allergy inducing chemicals in nature, fleas secrete saliva which has these chemicals, which can be very antigenic (allergy-inducing). The saliva helps to prevent the host's blood from clotting, which facilitates their feeding ...Read more