What is dark circles under eyes in children?

Dark circles are the appearance of dark spots or discolorations under your eyes. Typically, they are not painful, uncomfortable, or associated with other symptoms, but the discolorations can project the appearance of age, fatigue, or illness. Circles under the eyes are primarily found in adults, but they can occur in children, as well.

Dark circles occur when the skin under your eyes thins, exposing the blood vessels, which produces the dark pigmentation. Fatigue and aging are the most common causes of dark circles, but allergies, congestion, eczema, lifestyle factors, and irregular pigmentation can also contribute to the existence of dark circles. Eye irritation, heredity, nasal congestion, history of sun exposure, and loss of skin elasticity can also cause dark circles.

Dark circles in children are unusual, but they can be caused by allergies and congestion. Frequent congestion, in particular, can cause visible discoloration in the veins under the eyes.

If your child continues to experience dark circles under the eyes, seek prompt medical care. This may be attributed to a respiratory infection or dehydration.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with dark circles under eyes in children?

Dark circles under the eyes may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.... Read more about dark circles under eyes in childrensymptoms

CAUSES

What causes dark circles under eyes in children?

Dark circles in children are typically caused by allergies and nasal congestion, which can thin the skin around the eyes, revealing the blood vessels. Congestion is swelling in the tissues that line the inside of the nose.... Read more about dark circles under eyes in childrencauses

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