There are some facial features that suggest a child may have allergies, more specifically that the child is atopic. "Atopic" means that he or she is prone to certain allergic conditions including nasal allergies, food allergies, hay fever, eczema and asthma.
So what are these "allergic signs"? They are referred to as an "allergic or atopic facies" and yes one sign is the dark circles under the eyes or as you called them "allergic shiners'. Often parents tell me that their child is said not to be getting enough sleep because of the dark circles under their eyes. Yet in reality, this is a part of the allergic look and not due to sleep deprivation. Allergic "shiners," are thought to be caused by increased blood flow near the sinuses.
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