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Blue Skin

Having blue skin is not natural and naturally enough, most people are worried when their skin shows signs of turning blue. For humans the color of our skin depends on the amount of pigmentation that our skin has. Sometimes people do have skin that is discolored. This is usually due to a birth mark or even the remnant of some injury. However, some people notice that their skin turns blue. This is a medical condition. The type of blood also decides the color of the skin. If your blood is full of oxygen then it is usually bright red in color. Therefore your skin looks pale pink. But people whose blood has very little oxygen is usually a dark shade between blue and red. That is why their skin also looks blue. Such people are suffering from a condition called cyanosis where their blood lacks the adequate amount of oxygen.

Blue Skin Disorder – Causes and Symptoms

When there is a lack of oxygen or when there is abnormality in the hemoglobin level or even in case of the presence of toxins in the body, cyanosis occurs. Usually cyanosis is noticed in people who suffer from any heart disease. The blue skin disorder is usually linked to the occurrence of a disease of the lungs or even a heart disease. If a person is suffering from a mild form of cyanosis, then it is usually difficult to detect since the blood is not significantly darkened for this to manifest itself in the color of the skin. In such cases, Cyanosis can be detected by studying the nails, feet, nose and ears of people. This medical condition can be observed in these parts of the body. Some people notice a sudden painful change of color. This is usually noticed in their fingers and causes the skin on the fingers to suddenly change to a shade between blue and purple.

Although Cyanosis is basically caused by pulmonary diseases or even due to pneumonia, it can also be caused by a short term exposure to the cold. In some cases shock or even holding the breath can cause Cyanosis. Some people react to high altitudes by showing the symptoms of Cyanosis. If you have suffered from Cyanosis after going out in the cold, then dressing in warm clothes is advisable when venturing outside. If the symptoms seem very serious then you should consult your physician. In cases of shortness of breath, oxygen may be administered. This will provide relief to the person suffering from Cyanosis. Blue skin disease can be treated and people suffering from this condition should ensure that they take every possible precaution.