Dark circles, shadows and rings can have many causes including facial trauma, infections, inflammations, aging and allergic reactions.
As explained in our article about allergies, there are many practical things you can do to alleviate the symptoms of your allergies and improve those under eye circles.
In this article, we will look at treating this problem using antihistamines which you have probably heard of in conjunction with treating hay fever, insect bites and stings and nettle rashes.
People who are allergic to some foods, pets and animals and other airborne or environmental factors, are likely to develop this kind of skin problem. Normally, when an irritant or toxic substance comes in contact with a sensitive part of the body, the body sends antibodies to affected areas. These antibodies help to fight against allergens.
The process that leads to the person affected developing rashes, itching, runny nose and other discomfort as a result of an allergy is very simply and clearly explained in this excellent article if you would like to read more about it.
In simple terms, histamine production caused by the allergic reaction leads to continuous itchiness, fluid retention and inflammation around the eyes that can result in the development of those under eye shadows.
Treatment using Antihistamines.First of all, take a moment to check out the practical steps in our article about allergies.
Of course, the most simple answer to the problem is to keep away from the source of the allergic reaction – but practically, this is almost never a possibility for the majority of us. So whilst taking the practical steps we outline, will certainly help in minimising the effects, if you are already suffering from this eye discomfort, then a perfect medication to use is antihistamine.
However, even if you are sure that allergens are the culprits in your case, before you start taking this medicine, please read through the information below to be sure that this type of remedy would be appropriate for you.
What is antihistamine?
As the name implies, it is a drug that fights against histamine. Remember that histamines are natural body chemicals that are responsible for allergic reactions. Antihistamine can stop these reactions from taking place. They will reduce itching, irritation and inflammation in the eye area, thereby preventing and removing the appearance of those dark shadows and helping with other effects of allergic reactions.
Antihistamines come in spray, tablet, liquid and capsule form. These medications can be taken on a daily basis depending on the ailment.
Whilst many antihistamine products are available over the counter and without the need for a prescription, it is very important to consult a physician before using this drug for the first time and to follow the directions carefully. Antihistamines are not suitable for everyone and it is important to understand this. Your doctor will be able to advise you as people with certain medical conditions are advised to stay clear of this drug unless carefully monitored by a doctor. Also, pregnant women or Moms who are still breastfeeding babies should not use this drug.
If you are on other medications, then inform your doctor before taking antihistamines. This is because they can react and interact with other mediciness and although they are widely advertised on TV, online and in the press as a safe and effective remedy for allergy problems, it does not mean that you should not exercise caution if you are taking other medicines or if you have never taken an antihistamine before.
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Antihistamine side effects
Although any side effects are minor, they should be put into consideration. You might experience drowsiness, blurred vision, urine retention and a dry mouth. These common side effects will probably fade away as the body gets used to the drug. If side effects persist after some time, then it would be reasonable to consult your physician. Obviously the drowsiness could be a major problem if you operate machinery or drive a vehicle which is another good reason to make sure that you speak to your doctor and get exactly the right medication for you. Even formulas branded as ‘non-drowsy’ can in rare circumstances cause users to feel sleepy and tired.
Finally, if you have been using antihistamines for a while and have not noticed any improvement in those dark under eye circles, it would be a very good idea to verify via your doctor that they really are caused by an allergy. For example, blocked sinuses can cause these shadows and seem like an allergy is the likely cause, however, they can also be caused by an injury or an infection that will not respond to antihistamine treatment.