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What Usually Is The Cause Of Darkened Skin Around Eyes
Red irritated skin: There are multiple possibilities. They include chopping from blowing your nose a lot from a cold, sometimes associated with bacterial infection. Seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea are possibilities. There are always more uncommon conditions, some rare. See you doctor for appropriate diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more
Jaundice/Icterus: 44 year old female asks What could cause yellowing of the skin around my eyes Yellowing of skin & white of the eye is called Jaundice/ Icterus and is due to too much Bilirubin circulating in the body resultant from Liver Inflammation/ Infection &/ or Obstruction of the ducts that send bile into the Digestive tract from the liver or Gall Bladder. Can also be from too much Red Blood Cell breakdown. ...Read more
Annoying!: The fatty collections that form around the eyes in some folks are xanthelasmata. Skin colored "bumps" can be many different things: enlarged/engorged oil glands (chalazia), skin tags and papillomata, sebaceous cysts, etc. All may be skin colored but are from different structures within or beneath the skin. Best to have your eyemd look at any lesion that worries you! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How likely is jaundice the cause of slight yellow discolouration of skin in certain areas if whites of eyes remain bright white? Thanks.
High bilirubin: Yellow eyes(sclera icterus) are generally a sign of jaundice caused by a buildup of bilirubin in the blood. The build up could be due to serious diseases and conditions that cause liver damage or dysfunction, blockage of the bile ducts, gallbladder or pancreatic disease, stone or cancer. ...Read more
The area around my lips is significantly darker than the rest of my face. What is the cause and what are the possible treatments ?
Hyperpigmentation : Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is darkening of skin after a rash such as an irritant dermatitis. Given the distribution, if the area had any irritation initially, it could be from whitening toothpaste, mouth wash, makeup, lip licking or another issue. See a dermatologist who may prescribe a treatment for irritation initially and then a fading cream for the discoloration. ...Read more
The list is long: Redness of the sclera or the covering conjunctiva is due to dilated blood vessels on either surface. The possible reasons for this phenomenon are dry eye, infection of the eye, inflammation inside of the eye, irritation to the surface of the eye, blood, chronic dilation of the blood vessels from poor sleep or chronic use of visine. You will need to see your eye doctor to determine the cause. ...Read more
Allergies: Dark pigmentation around the eyes is commonly caused by allergy, and may be due to repeated episodes of swelling as well as itching and eye rubbing. Broken lid vessels lead to pigmentation. Certain glaucoma eye drops are known for skin pigmentation, as is Latisse (bimatoprost) for eyelash growth (if it gets onto the skin). Decreased pigmentation can occur which cholesterol deposits (xanthelasma) and vitiligo. ...Read more
Eyelid Twitching: Eyelid twitching is very common, and often occurs from stress, fatigue, lack of sleep, and overuse of stimulants such as caffeine and decongestants. Local eye irritation can also add to this, such as dry eye, allergy, and blepharitis (eyelid infection, inflammation). Eyestrain and excessive reading can contribute. Try reducing the stress/stimulant factors, and get an eye exam for the other causes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The visible part of my eyes is yellowish while the part covered with the eyelids are white. Is this a symptom of liver problem?
Possible jaundice: If any part of the white of your eyes looks yellow, you should see a doctor, since this may be evidence of a liver problem. ...Read more
Chalazion/hordeolum: Most often, this finding would be the result of a blocked and infected gland or hair follicle of the eyelid. Depending on the location, it could be called a chalazion or hordeolum (stye). Treatment with warm compresses will resolve many of these lesions. See an eye md if the bump is not resolved within a few days of using warm compresses, or anytime if it worsens. Some need to be drained with surg. ...Read more
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