6 reasons you might go blue

It’s very pleasant right now – cold air let alone snow, so your chances of turning blue from cold and frost are even lower than usual this winter.

But there are plenty of other reasons why you might turn indigo — some more worrisome than others.

Cyanosis - blue skin - can be a sign of bruising, as well as Raynaud's disease and heart failure


Cyanosis – blue skin – can be a sign of bruising, as well as Raynaud’s disease and heart failure

Called cyanosis, it’s when your skin, lips, or gums turn blue, or – especially if you have dark skin – under your fingernails and around your eyes becomes bluish.

It can be a sign of relatively routine conditions like bruising or serious conditions like heart failure.

Pale, gray, or blue skin, lips, or nails are also now listed Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is one of the more severe symptoms of Covid that should be considered an urgent warning sign.

From pneumonia to Raynard’s pneumonia, here are some other possible causes of cyanosis and when you should seek professional medical help…

first. Bruises

One of the most common causes of skin turning blue (as well as purple and black) is a bruise.

You may have fallen or hit your head on a door jacket, or gotten into a fight with a tree branch and now your eyes are black and your skin is soft to the touch.

Charlotte Cremers, GP (shopgiejo.com).

“The blood vessels are tiny and accumulate blood under the skin when you’re injured, causing blue skin.”

Should I see a doctor?

Most bruising will subside naturally with time at home, helped by cold compresses and paracetamol.

Talk to your GP if the bruise is severe, covers a very large area, doesn’t seem to be healing, or starts to swell.

2. by Raynaud

Raynaud’s syndrome, which affects the circulation, can cause cyanosis, especially in the extremities.

“This condition occurs when your fingers and toes have restricted blood flow.

“The lack of blood flow causes these extremities to turn blue,” says Clinical Director Hussain Abdeh and Director Pharmacist at Direct medicine.

“Along with the bluish tinge in your skin, you may also lose feeling in your fingers and/or toes.

“A drop in body temperature is also common.”

Your fingers and toes may also turn white, as if they had been drained of blood.

Should I see a doctor?

Hussain says you should seek treatment “if you have numbness or loss of feeling in your fingers or toes, or if you notice them turning blue that recur or don’t go away.”

3. Heart failure

We’re not talking about your heart suddenly stopping, but about long-term heart failure, which “affects the heart’s ability to pump blood,” says Charlotte.

It’s a condition that worsens over time when the heart struggles to adequately pump “oxygen and blood to the body” and can mean “the legs and lungs may not get enough oxygen or blood”.

It is this lack of oxygen that can lead to cyanosis.

Should I see a doctor?

The NHS recommends seeing your GP if you have “persistent or worsening symptoms” of heart failure and calling 999 for emergency help or going to A&E “if you have sudden or very severe symptoms”. important”.

4. Peripheral artery disease

Charlotte explains that bluish skin is just one of the potential symptoms of peripheral artery disease (PAD), “which causes narrowing of the arteries in the body around the heart or legs.”

Also known as peripheral vascular disease (PVD), it’s a common condition that occurs when fatty deposits build up in your arteries that restrict blood supply to your leg muscles.

“In extreme situations, PAD leads to clogged arteries, which stops blood flow to your legs, giving the skin a blue tint,” says Charlotte.

The skin may also be pale or shiny, and the person often feels pain when walking or exercising, which subsides when they sit down or rest.

PAD can be simply triggered as an adult, but smokers, and those with diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, are at higher risk.

Should I see a doctor?

The NHS says if your symptoms “grow rapidly or suddenly get worse, it could be a sign of a serious problem that needs immediate treatment.”

Charlotte agrees: “PAD should be treated immediately to prevent fatal problems.”

5. Argyia

Right-wing media personality Candace Owens last week told fans she takes colloidal silver as a daily supplement – but it can turn you blue-gray.

Called argyia, this condition causes discoloration of the skin and gums that can be permanent.

Some wellness brands claim colloidal silver – tiny silver particles suspended in liquid – to benefit health and beauty, but there is a serious lack of evidence.

Colloidal silver is not clinically considered safe to eat or use on your skin and can have other side effects, like kidney damage, and it can affect the use of medications a person is taking. use.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) said “lack of evidence to support health-related claims” and noted “colloidal silver may be hazardous to your health”.

Should I see a doctor?

First, avoid colloidal silver. If you have symptoms, see your GP.

6. Pneumonia

Serious lung conditions can also cause cyanosis and can include asthma as well as pneumonia.

Pneumonia is the result of tissue inflammation in the lungs – and can be caused by Covid-19, so remember stabbed and checked if you have symptoms.

Should I see a doctor?

It’s correct. You should ALWAYS call 999 if you or your child’s lips, tongue, face or skin suddenly turn blue.

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PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: paulleblanc@dailynationtoday.com.

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