Dark Circles Under Eyes

What Causes Dark Areas Under Eyes?

Dark areas under eyes can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose dark areas under eyes, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "dark areas under eyes" as a symptom.  Here are six possibilities:
  • Lack Of Sleep
  • Liver Congestion
  • Food Allergies
  • Kidney Disease
  • Allergic Tension
  • Parasite Infection

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
diminished perspiration
long-term hypertension
mild facial burning/tingling
indoor allergies
positive results from coffee enemas
muscle pains in family members
very pale stools
anal itching
disturbed sleep
bags under eyes
intolerance of both garlic and onion
history of adolescent acne
... and more than 110 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of dark areas under eyes:
Cause Probability Status
Parasite Infection 96% Confirm
Liver Congestion 57% Possible
Food Allergies 24% Unlikely
Allergic Tension 0% Ruled out
Lack Of Sleep 0% Ruled out
Kidney Disease 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Eyes/Ocular Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about dark circles under eyes:
Do you have dark areas/circles under your eyes?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, slightly
→ Yes, definitely
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate dark areas under eyes, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome

Symptoms of Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome can include edema, especially puffiness of the eyelids and fullness and discoloration of the infraorbital (below-eye) areas.

Lack of Sleep

Fatigue will add to the problem of dark circles under the eyes.

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