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An allergic shiner is a dark discoloration below the eye that is associated with allergic rhinitis. Shiners are caused by the backup and accumulation of blood and other fluids in the infraorbital groove, especially from venous congestion in the nose. The phenomenon was first documented in 1930, and the phrase coined in 1954.[1][2][3]

Allergic shiner
Differential diagnosisAllergic rhinitis


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