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Dark circles under eyes Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Dark circles under eyes. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had dark circles under the eyes?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is it unilateral or bilateral?

    Why: if unilateral may be bruising around the eye.

  3. Known allergies?

    Why: e.g. seasonal allergies such as pollens from trees and grasses (hay fever); year round allergies such as moulds, house dust mites, animal hair and dander, bird feathers, foods - may all produce "allergic shiners".

  4. Has there been any trauma to the eye area?

    Why: may suggest bruising as cause of dark circles under eyes.

  5. Fluid intake and fluid loss?

    Why: dehydration may contribute to dark circles under the eyes.

  6. Past Medical history?

    Why: e.g. allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, eczema, asthma.

  7. Family history?

    Why: e.g. family history of allergic tendencies such as allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis, asthma and eczema may suggest increased likelihood of allergic shiners as cause of dark circles under eyes; dark circles under the eyes may also run in the family possibly due to an inherited eye blood vessel condition.

  8. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis?

    Why: e.g. sneezing, itchy nose, copious thin watery nasal discharge, sometimes nasal obstruction, reduced sense of smell, dry and sore throat, itchy throat, dark rings under the eyes known as "allergic shiners".

  9. Symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis?

    Why: e.g. itchy eyes, frequent rubbing of eyes which aggravate the problem and can cause dark circles under eyes, red eyes, clear usually watery eye discharge and swelling of the eyelids.

  10. Sleep difficulties?

    Why: e.g. insomnia, sleep apnea, shift workers - lack of sleep or poor sleep quality may aggravate dark circles under eyes.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Dark circles under eyes:

The following list of conditions have 'Dark circles under eyes' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Dark circles under eyes:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Dark circles under eyes' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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