Monday, 24 March 2014

Why Do People with Allergic Rhinitis Have Dark Eye Circles?



Do you suffer from allergic rhinitis and wondered why you have dark eye circles? I do! Here's what I found out about those "allergic shiners":

Lack of sleep
Especially for those who are allergic to dust mites, you will tend to have poor quality sleep as the dust mites irritates your breathing passage and results in sneezing, nasal congestion, post-nasal drip etc throughout the night.

Nasal Congestion
According to Allergy New Zealand, dark eye circles are due to pressure from blocked nasal passages on the small blood vessels. This is similar to the bruising effect - when you get hit, there is pressure on the small blood vessels. The dark area is so visible due to the fact that the skin around the eye is the one of the most delicate and thinnest, with capillaries much closer to the surface.

Eye Rubbing
Having itchy eyes is one of the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. I know how it feels. Am guilty of rubbing my eyes pretty hard when the itch is here, though I try to minimize that as I get older, for fear of developing fine lines, i.e. wrinkles around the eye. Constant rubbing of the eye will aggravate the dark eye circles due to what is said above about the delicate skin around the eye area and possibly breaking those capillaries, leading to discoloration.