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Allergy Shiners and How To Get Rid of Them


If you suffer from allergies, you may be familiar with the symptoms: watery eyes, a runny nose and sneezing. But there’s another less well-known symptom of allergies that can cause confusion and even alarm: allergy shiners.

by David Stone

A Roosevelt Island Daily News Feature Article

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Allergy shiners are dark circles that form under the eyes as a result of congestion in the sinuses. When the sinuses become inflamed due to an allergic reaction, they can block the drainage of blood and other fluids. This leads to swelling and bruising around the eyes.

These are perfectly natural and are nothing to be concerned about. However, they can lead to misunderstandings, as people may mistake them for signs of fatigue, physical abuse or illness. It’s important to be aware of how to deal with them if they do occur.

What are they and what causes them?

Allergy shiners are a type of facial swelling that is often seen in people with allergies. The term refers to the dark circles that can form around the eyes as a result of the swelling. An accumulation of fluid in the tissues around the eyes is the root cause.

It happens when the allergy-causing substance, such as pollen or dust, irritates the lining of the eye and nose. The body responds to this irritation by producing histamine, which causes the blood vessels to dilate and the tissues to swell.

The resulting black eyes are typically not a cause for concern and will usually resolve on their own once the allergy is treated. However, if you experience severe or persistent problems, you should see an allergist for further evaluation.

How to get rid of allergy shiners

Allergy shiners are a common symptom of allergies, and they can be unsightly and embarrassing. If you’re suffering from them, there are a few things you can do to get rid of them. First, try to identify the allergy trigger and avoid it if possible.

Second, use an over-the-counter antihistamine to reduce inflammation and help prevent allergy symptoms. Finally, make sure to keep your sinuses clear by using a saline nasal spray or rinse. With these simple tips, you can say goodbye to allergy shiners for good!

The best way to prevent allergy shiners from happening in the first place

There’s nothing quite like allergy season. For many people, it’s a time of itchy eyes, sneezing, and congestion. But for those with allergies, it can also be a time of dark circles and puffy eyes.

Inflammation and fluid buildup caused by allergies give you black eyes. Quizzical glances and suspicious questions may for you to insist you were not in a fight. Since it’s nobody else’s business, my favorite response is, “You should see the other guy.”

The good news is that there are some things you can do to prevent them.

First, try to avoid triggers like pollen, dust, and pet dander. If you can’t avoid them altogether, at least limit your exposure as much as possible.

Second, use over-the-counter or prescription allergy medications to help reduce symptoms. And finally, make sure to cleanse your face every day to remove allergens and irritants that can cause inflammation.

By taking these steps, you stand a good chance of keeping allergy shiners at bay.


Allergy shiners are not a big deal, but it’s important to be aware of them and how to deal with them if they do occur.

If you have allergies, try to avoid triggers and use medication to help reduce symptoms. You can also prevent allergy shiners by cleansing your face every day. With these simple tips, you can say goodbye to allergy shiners for good!

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