Blue Lips

Blue Lips

Blue lips may be the result of a serious medical condition!

What does it means having a Blue Lips?
Blue lips, also called cyanosis, can be alarming, but it’s usually not a cause for concern.

Often, it’s just the result of cold temperatures or poor circulation. When that’s the case, it go away without treatment.

If you or someone you know has it, it’s important to determine the cause. This article will cover some possible causes of it and explain when to call a doctor.

When should I seek medical care?

Seek immediate medical care if you have any of the following symptoms:

    • shortness of breath
    • wheezing
    • coughing up bloody mucus
    • fever
    • chest pain
    • difficulty breathing
    • Irregular heartbeat
    • confusion

Causes of it can include:

Anemia

Anemia is a condition where there’s not enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to the rest of your body. Anemias can be caused by many things, including iron deficiency and chronic illnesses.
Cyanosis, the blue tinge to skin caused by low oxygen levels, most often affects the extremities, such as fingers, toes, and ears. In severe cases it can affect the nose and lips

Asthma attack

During an asthma attack, airways swell and narrow, making it hard for air to travel through them to get into your lungs. This causes wheezing or a whistling sound when you breathe. Asthma attacks can also cause your lips and fingernails to turn blue or grey from lack of oxygen.

Heart problems

Heart conditions prevent your heart from pumping blood effectively throughout your body. Heart problems are a common cause of blue-tinged skin or lips due to low oxygen levels in the blood.

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