Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What’s Causing Circles Under My Eyes?

Friday, 02 Nov 2012 08:43 AM


Question: I often have dark circles under my eyes even when I get enough sleep. What causes them and what can I do to get rid of them?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Dark circles occur from vein dilation under the eyes, giving them a bruised appearance. Often, this is compounded by shadowing from puffy eyelids or thinning skin. They are more noticeable in patients with nasal congestion. Dark circles under the eyes are common in adults and children with allergies and atopic dermatitis — a condition sometimes called "allergy shiners."

Fatigue does cause dark circles, but your situation suggests they may be due to congestion and would be remedied by a tincture of time and allergy management.



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