Common Name/Other Name
Periorbital dark circles, puffy eyes, raccoon eyes
Under eye bags are mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes that are common as we age. Dark circles appear when the tissues under the eyes, including some muscles that support the eyelids weakens, causing shadow beneath the eye due to the looseness of skin. The puffiness of eye bags appears when the normal fat that helps support the eyes move under the lower eyelids, and the swelling appears as fluids accumulate the space below the eyes.
Commonly Prescribed Drugs
If nasal congestion is the primary cause of having eye bags or dark circles, treat allergies with antihistamine drugs (chlorphenamine, phenylephrine, loratadine, diphenhydramine, cetirizine, levocetirizine). Side effects: Drowsiness, headache, nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal disturbances. Drug interactions: Alcohol, central nervous system depressants, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
Vitamins and minerals help promote blood circulation and give necessary nutrients to help relieve eye puffiness and minimize fatigue that can lead to dark circles and eye bags.