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This is kinda silly, but I'm sure I'm not the only one with this problem. Besides, people have asked questions about razors blades multiple times.

This season change has been killing me this year. I'll get my full 7-8 hours of sleep, but I still get dark circles under my eyes and onto the sides of my nose closest to my eyes. My eyes sometimes get reddish and will sometimes glaze up. Its embarrassing at work cause its making me look like one of those young employees that goes out drinking during the week...I don't do that and I don't want to look like I do. I'm already self concious as it is and I don't want people telling me theres sometime wrong with my eyes.

The air at work is the greatest either, which may be part of the problem. I don't really experience this at home, but I do if I walk into a public building such as a shopping mall. I've tried claritin and that does absolutely nothing for me. Sudafeds work pretty well, and keep everything clear for me. I think the problem relates directly to my sinuses. As far as the blackness, I already have been using eye cream, which really doesn't do anything (although I don't use it every day).

Does anyone else have this problem and what have you taken to eliminate it?
 

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Have you tried an undereye concealer? If you blend in, people won't notice you're using cosmetics. A department store makeup clerk will be able to help determine what's best for you. Just make sure it's hypoallergenic (as with the eye cream). Use the eye cream twice daily as well.

PreparationH is also good for reducing bags and puffiness under the eyes.

Have you tried Allegra? I know people where Allegra does wonders and Claritin does nothing.

Also have you tried an optical antihistamine (drops) for your eyes?
 

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my allergies are really bad and i live in one of the worst areas in the country when it comes to hay-fever. I geuss the indians used to call where i live the "valley of tears". anyway, for over the counter stuff, benadryl still helps me the most. i'm using claritan now (the generic from rite-aid is like 1/10th the cost of claritan) and take benedryl when my symptoms start flaring up. for the first while, benedryl will make you drowsy, so i take it at night and now my body is used to it so i can take it at work without turning into a zombie. if getting drowsy at work is still a problem, they make benedryl that has pseudophedrine (like sudafed) which counteracts the drowsiness for a couple hours. but this drug coctail, leaves me feeling a bit worn thin after a month or two, so i'd rather just get used to the side effects of benedryl.

allegra rocks, but it's too damn expensive (plus i hate doctors, so going in to get a perscription when i've got things under control doesn't appeal to me). I got some when i was overseas and found they sold allegra over the counter and cheap. but it ran out, so i'm using what i mentioned before. of course there's shots...never mind; that option sux.
 

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I usually askk the Dr. for a shot, and she will also give me a prescription for Allegra just in case. The shot works well for me for a couple of months and then I have to resort to pills.
 

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my sister has terrible allergies and uses allegra D. she used to have problems with basically anything...cats, dogs, pollen, many trees in the area, grass, basically anything that would keep her locked up in her room. she started using allegra D and hasn't had any problems for years. good stuff
 

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Do you ever have weird pain in your top teeth, like they are sensitive when you bite into someting? Is your nose consistently clogged up, not just runny, but inside your nose. Its possible you could have a sinus infection, I had one for about a year, symptoms would come and go, and I finally went tot he docotr about it and got it taken care of. I can breathe much better now, although I still get allergies.

A note on allergy medication, its not something you can take the day you are having problems and then hope it goes away, you have to give the allergy pills time to build up in your body and get to work. Try taking them for a few weeks straight, maybe see your doctor about a nasal spray like flonase as well (if you have a sinus infection you should getbthis anyway). Also benadryl is not the kind of long-term allergy pill you should take. A proper allergy medication like Claritin or Allegra has to be used.

Also be careful of taking Claritin D or Allegra D for extended periods of time, you can have adverse reactions to the decongestant if you do. When I was on long term allergy medication I had both the regular and D version of Allegra and if I were bad or had a cold I would take the D pill otherwise I would just take the regular Allegra.
 

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Interesting...I tried the OTC Claritin 10mg that my fiancee's mom bought for me...I don't know how much it costs, although I remember seeing $20 for like ~16 pills or something at walmart last time :( I didn't know that you have to give it some time in your body....it would be nice if they specified it on the box.
 

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This is kinda silly, but I'm sure I'm not the only one with this problem. Besides, people have asked questions about razors blades multiple times.

This season change has been killing me this year. I'll get my full 7-8 hours of sleep, but I still get dark circles under my eyes and onto the sides of my nose closest to my eyes. My eyes sometimes get reddish and will sometimes glaze up. Its embarrassing at work cause its making me look like one of those young employees that goes out drinking during the week...I don't do that and I don't want to look like I do. I'm already self concious as it is and I don't want people telling me theres sometime wrong with my eyes.

The air at work is the greatest either, which may be part of the problem. I don't really experience this at home, but I do if I walk into a public building such as a shopping mall. I've tried claritin and that does absolutely nothing for me. Sudafeds work pretty well, and keep everything clear for me. I think the problem relates directly to my sinuses. As far as the blackness, I already have been using eye cream, which really doesn't do anything (although I don't use it every day).

Does anyone else have this problem and what have you taken to eliminate it?
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Try Claritin - D or Allegra D and not just Claritin or Allegra, big DIFFERENCE, drink it with a glass w/water.
With a bottle of that Naked Joice "Protein"
Take a nap for about 1 to 2 hours or more if so desired and you should feel a lot better.

This works wonders with MY body chemistry and it should with others unless you are an alcoholic and/or big time smoker.
It will totally rejuvenate you (protein = #1 source of energy for all your body needs).
But you MUST take a nap for it to work. SLEEPING/Taking a Nap is also a #1 remedy for sickness.

But TAKE A NAP...people do not follow that....or sleep. Do not just take the stuff and expect to feel better.
 

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I recommend Patanol eye drops, Flonase nasal spray (now generic), and Astelin nasal spray, although it tastes awful. Nasal sprays are much more effective than oral meds. I'd try to avoid steroid shots if at all possible if I were you. The dark circles under the eyes are due to venous pooling due to mucosal congestion in the nasal cavity. If you desensitize your nose to the allergens in the air or the non-allergic irritants..I believe you attributed some of your symptoms to the air in your workplace..the bags should lessen in severity. If all else fails, see an allergist and get tested for possible offenders. A new rapid desensitization treatment is available for people who meet the criteria. One day of treatment instead of months of weekly shots. Hope this helps.
 

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Try Claritin - D or Allegra D and not just Claritin or Allegra, big DIFFERENCE, drink it with a glass w/water.
With a bottle of that Naked Joice "Protein"
Take a nap for about 1 to 2 hours or more if so desired and you should feel a lot better.

This works wonders with MY body chemistry and it should with others unless you are an alcoholic and/or big time smoker.
It will totally rejuvenate you (protein = #1 source of energy for all your body needs).
But you MUST take a nap for it to work. SLEEPING/Taking a Nap is also a #1 remedy for sickness.

But TAKE A NAP...people do not follow that....or sleep. Do not just take the stuff and expect to feel better.
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OK, I just typed this all out and the window closed :rant: anyway, here we go again:

"D" versions of allergy pills: taking them long term can cause adverse reactions as I mentioned before. This is a rebound effect that causes your body to become congested rather than the desired effect. Its more common with the nasal sprays, but can occur with the pills and eye drops. Thats why its better to take normal allergy pills and the "D" pills when you'r really stuffed up.

Protein: Carbohydrates are the #1 source of energy for our body, no ifs, and, or buts about it. If your body is running on protein for fuel it means you are breaking down your muscle cells (not protein from a juice drink). This causes your to drink more water and pee more as your body has to rid itself of dangerous ammonia that is building up faster as you are breaking down protein rather than carbs. The fluid imbalance causing extra peeing is what causes those on Atkins-like diets to see a pretty good initial weight loss (its all water weght people, oh and your muscle too).

YOUR body chemistry is the exact same as everyone elses, including those who smoke and drink. There are some things that cause variations in uptake of certain viatmins or minerals, but we all need and use the same molecules in our daily lives.
 

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Every time I go see my parents, thats when I have really bad allergies. My eyes get red, watery and puffy. I kept sneezing all freakin day. Hell I almost wanted to go to the doctor today and get a shot and I can't stand shots. But thanks for the advice on what kind of medicine to get!
 

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I got the claritin D 24 hour (equate) and also some visine alergy drops. The drops cleared up my eyes within a minute and kept them clear. I can tell a big difference with the -D over the non -D, I took one yesterday evening and I'm still clear. Since I got the pills from walmart, I had to sign a stupid first time waiver and they took my license to put me into the computer. I'm guessing that they probably won't sell me another 10 pack in less than 10 days or so?

What are the potential problems from extended use of Claritin -D?
 

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"D" versions of allergy pills: taking them long term can cause adverse reactions as I mentioned before. This is a rebound effect that causes your body to become congested rather than the desired effect. Its more common with the nasal sprays, but can occur with the pills and eye drops. Thats why its better to take normal allergy pills and the "D" pills when you'r really stuffed up.
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The D stands for decongestant meaning it has a strong dose of psuedoephedrine or something of the like in it. If it is pseudoephedrine, know that you will probably feel some sort of the side effects, most people do. Most people just feel a little wired, but it can cause you to feel nervous/anxious or not be able to sleep right (don't take it close to going to bed). Read above for not taking it long term. The reason you feel better from the D pills is because it has the decongestant drug in it too, clears you right up.. But that only masks the problem for a little while. If you continued taking Claritin D you would get the same result as though taking regular Claritin, but you run the risk of the rebound effect. So maybe go through that first 10-pack and then switch to the regular stuff.
 

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There are decongestant eye drops?
 

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Here is where I get my strong information from:

http://www.aaaai.org/


I think I used the wrong words when I said, "My body Chemistry." To play safe, I will use "MY BODY" instead of "My Body Chemistry" because that itself opens a "Can of you know what" and know most of the time what medications to use when I do get sick.

I used Body Chemistry because people will have different effects with the same medication.

Colin,

I hate having a guilty conscious...I still have your bypass and it has been more than like 3 weeks. Are you sure you do not need it right now?
 

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There are decongestant eye drops?
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Antihistamine eye drops, sorry, should have clarified.

Here is where I get my strong information from:

http://www.aaaai.org/

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Can you give me direct links? As for the bypass, I'm not heading in tot shop any time soon as far as I know, so no worries. I'll get it from you next week some time maybe.
 

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mbrogz, I have the same problem so I know where you are coming from.

Blood flows behind the skin around the eyes. If the skin is thinner than usual, it gives the apperance of black circles. The thin skin is often inherited, which you can't do much about.

However there are a couple of things that you can do:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Reduce the salt intake in your diet.
- Quit/avoid smoking
- Try creams with antioxidant vitamins like vitamin C
- And like someone else mentioned, you can try a concealer

You might also want to consider seeing an ENT (Ears, Nose and Throat) specialist. If there is an obstruction in your nasal passages (such as a deviated septum) it may contribute to chronic allergies and/or dark circles ("Allergic Shiners.")
 
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