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
  • Parasite Infection
  • Food Allergies
  • Allergic Tension
  • Kidney Disease

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:
metallic taste in mouth
poor mental clarity
mild facial burning/tingling
history of eczema
meal-related bloating
slightly elevated eosinophil count
long-term hypertension
elevated liver enzymes
frequent rotten egg burps
significant left lumbar pain
afternoon headaches
... 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
Liver Congestion 95% Confirm
Food Allergies 58% Possible
Lack Of Sleep 14% Unlikely
Parasite Infection 2% Ruled out
Kidney Disease 1% Ruled out
Allergic Tension 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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