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Doctor insights on: Cause Of Dark Circles Under The Eyes

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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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What causes the dark circles under my eyes?

What causes the dark circles under my eyes?

Common problem: The skin is thin in that area and if there is extra weight on your body or gravity has been especially hard on you, the skin can thin out a little and the veins underneath can given an appearance of darkness. Heredity plays a role as well. If these are prominent, especially with under eye bags, then an oculoplastic surgeon should be consulted for evaluation and management.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Can a bleeding disorder be causing the dark circles under my eyes?

Can a bleeding disorder be causing the dark circles under my eyes?

Unlikely: A bleeding disorder may cause bleeding in the loose skin under the eyes that may turn dark. However, a bleeding disorder would have bleeding in other tissues also.

Dr. Steven Machtinger Dr. Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
40 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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What could be causing the dark circles under my eyes when asthma acts up?

What could be causing the dark circles under my eyes when asthma acts up?

Allergic shiners: Or lack of sleep. Allergic shiners are signs of allergic rhinitis (see photo). Allergic rhinitis often accompanies asthma. If asthma is keeping you up at night those dark circles may just be due to lack of sleep.

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper Dr. Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
47 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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What is causing the dark circles under my eyes? I am only 22 and its concerning me.

What is causing the dark circles under my eyes? I am only 22 and its concerning me.

Dark circles: You must see your Eye specialist. I started wearing glasses at age 6 and still doing so at age 72. Never been a problem after I grew up.

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Dr. Neil Notaroberto Dr. Notaroberto
Ophthalmology
25 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Does isotretinoin cause dark circles under the eyes? What could be done to treat the condition?

Does isotretinoin cause dark circles under the eyes? What could be done to treat the condition?

Isotretinoin's list: Of potential side effects for the eye include, blurred vision, cataract, color blindness, contact lens intolerance, corneal opacity, decreased night vision, keratitis, papilloedema, photophobia, visual disturbances, blepharitis, conjunctivitis, dry eyes, and generalized eye irritation. Periorbital skin discoloration (dark circles) are not one of the known side effects listed by the manufacturer.

Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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Can low progesterone or estrogen dominance cause dark circles under the eyes?

Can low progesterone or estrogen dominance cause dark circles under the eyes?

Allergic shiners: Dark circles under the eye are usually caused by allergies and are known as allergic shiners. I know of no relationship to estrogen or progesterone.

Dr. Jeffrey Gold Dr. Gold
Ophthalmology
49 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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What causes dark circles under the eyes?

What causes dark circles under the eyes?

Thin skin: The skin of the lower eyelids is the thinnest skin of the body and the dark circles are just seeing your own capillary blood supply through the skin. They frequently are a familial trait. There is no known effective treatment.

Dr. Jeffrey Whitman Dr. Whitman
Ophthalmology
41 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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What causes dark circles under the eyes, and any remedies?

What causes dark circles under the eyes, and any remedies?

Allergy and genetics: Dark circles are due to the thin skin under the eyes that can let blood vessels show through as the dark circles. Allergy can make this worse. Treat any allergy problems and try cool soaks to the lids.

Dr. David Kira Dr. Kira
Ophthalmology
17 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Do heart problems cause dark circles under the eyes and fatigue?

Do heart problems cause dark circles under the eyes and fatigue?

Maybe: Dark circles under the eyes is usually caused by backup of dark venous blood in veins behind the thin lid skin. Besides causing fatigue, cardiac problems can make this darkening worse. Make sure you are under the care of your primary doctor and if necessary, a cardiologist.

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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard Dr. Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
17 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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What causes dark circles under your eyes, and how do you get rid of them?

What causes dark circles under your eyes, and how do you get rid of them?

Dark Eye Circles: In most circumstances the dark circles that form under the lower lids are a result of leaky capillaries in the thin skin of the lid. This problem has no predictable solution, though many creams claim to improve this condition. In some cases, the circles are due to a deep indentation at the "tear trough" line between the lid and the upper cheek. Fillers may help to camouflage the shadowing.

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers Dr. Cremers
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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What can cause dark circles under my eyes?

What can cause dark circles under my eyes?

Dark Circles: Circles under eye can be due to: allergy "allergic shiners", fatigue, genetic variation, aging. Lower lid skin is very thin so blood vessels under skin can make area look dark. Topical creams/fillers can help hide circles: only mask condition with no cure. What helps: drink 8 cups water/day, sunblock, hat, enough rest; avoid rubbing; makeup; facial plastic surgery when severe; allergist can help

Dr. Paul Carter Dr. Carter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
26 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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What causes dark circles under your eyes if you are still young?

What causes dark circles under your eyes if you are still young?

Nasal stuffiness: Any illness that causes nasal stuffiness can cause the dark circles under your eyes. Allergic rhinitis or hay fever is one of the most common. For this reason they are often called "allergic shiners".

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Dr. Victor Bello Dr. Bello
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Federal University of Bahia Faculty of Medicine
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What causes dark circles under your eyes?

What causes dark circles under your eyes?

Dark Circles: These circles, also called chloasma is a discoloration or pigment concentration usually under the lower lid, but be anywhere on the face, can be caused by simple familial resemblance. In the acquired types, birth control pill, hormone therapy, sun exposure are among the most common. I ophthalmology it is seen in pts receiving glaucoma drops called prostaglandin analogs (xalatan, lumigan, travatan).

Dr. Neil Notaroberto Dr. Notaroberto
Ophthalmology
25 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Please tell me what causes dark circles under your eyes?

Please tell me what causes dark circles under your eyes?

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. If your treatments are not working then seeing an allergist for definitive treatment should be your next step.

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Which physically/chemically causes dark circles under your eyes?

Which physically/chemically causes dark circles under your eyes?

Vasodilation of: Vessels/veins, congestion of lymphatic fluid usually from subclinical delayed response food sensitivity or allergens casing also mile lower lid buldging. Also too much dietary salt, tomato based foods can add to this. Thru your skin it appears dark, but it's the way the vessels appear under skin.

Dr. Andrew Shatz Dr. Shatz
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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Can an iron deficiency cause dark circles under your eyes?

Can an iron deficiency cause dark circles under your eyes?

Unlikely cause: Iron deficiency can cause anemia and drowsiness. There may be the appearance of dark circles if fluid accumulates around the eyelids. Treating the deficiency may not improve the circles, however. And circles around the eyes are not an indicator of whether someone has anemia.

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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OTHER THAN ALLERGIES AND LACK OF SLEEP, what are possible causes of dark circles under a toddlers eyes? Medications? Diet?

OTHER THAN ALLERGIES AND LACK OF SLEEP, what are possible causes of dark circles under a toddlers eyes? Medications? Diet?

Familial?: Dark circles may also be a familial trait but nasal congestion and sinus infection (uncommon at this age) may cause them too. Have you talked to your doctor?

Dr. Robert Bahr Dr. Bahr
Ophthalmology
46 years in practice
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Will drug use cause dark circles under eyes?

Glaucoma drops can.: Lumigan, travatan-z, and latanaprost glaucoma drops can cause dark discolarization of the skin of the lower lid.

Dr. Azita Madjidi Dr. Madjidi
Surgery - Plastics
26 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Dr. Jay Bradley Dr. Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
14 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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Does putting on too much screen time cause dark circles under eyes?

Does putting on too much screen time cause dark circles under eyes?

Dark circles: The most common causes are allergies and hereditary dark skin pigmentation. Other issues can also cause this problem such as poor health, malnutrition, alcohol abuse, etc. Treatments include cool compresses, allergy meds, alcohol cessation, balanced diet, makeup concealer, dermal filler, laser skin treatments.