Allergic shiners are a result of discoloration and swelling under the eyes and give the person the appearance that they have a black eye (or two!). They’re caused by sinus congestion and excessive rubbing of the eyes, both of which are symptoms of allergies.
Although I have these all the time, they vary in severity. During the spring and fall, it’s the worst because the pollen makes my eyes extremely itchy and I can’t help but rub them. If I don’t wear concealer, I inevitably get asked if I’m sick or tired. When they’re at their worst, I can’t wear eye makeup or concealer (which is typically the only makeup I wear). I hate going out in public when they’re really bad but I don’t have much of a choice. I’ve been asked if I was in a fight or got punched in the face by insensitive people.
Since I don’t often have eczema any place visible anymore, this is what makes me the most self-conscious. For the past month, my eyes have been like this. I’ve only been able to wear makeup a few times. I try to keep a positive attitude but this is really frustrating to me. My face is the first thing people see and I hate knowing I how awful I look. It’s not allergy season, I haven’t been around anything new or used anything new, so I don’t know why it’s happening. Applying makeup to hide it isn’t even really that effective.
I use prescription eye drops (Cromlyn Sodium) four times a day to make my eyes itchy less often. I also use antihistamine eye drops, as needed. Lately, even the skin around my eyes is itchy! I take Benadryl non-stop, Singulair (which,in the past, has helped with my allergies), but nothing is helping me. I am going to make an appointment with my allergist this week because I am disgusted when I look in the mirror.
Aside from ODing on Benadryl, using cold compresses and eye drops, I’m at a loss about what to do. Hopefully, the allergist will have something helpful for me.
Does anyone else get these? What helps you?