When blood loses its oxygen it turns dark bluish-red and when your blood is low in oxygen it tends to have a bluish color to your skin. This medical term is called CYANOSIS.

Cyanosis can develop suddenly, along with symptoms like shortness of breath and it is caused by long-term heart or lung problems that may develop slowly. However, In dark-skinned people, cyanosis may be easier to see in the mucous membranes (lips, gums, around the eyes) and nails and people with cyanosis do not normally have anemia (low blood count )because Anemia is the condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells.

Red blood cells provide oxygen to body tissues. Most of the time, nearly all red blood cells in the arteries carry a full supply of oxygen. These blood cells are bright red and the skin is pinkish or red.

It takes between 30-180 seconds of oxygen absence and loss of consciousness to have blood discoloration. At the one-minute mark, brain cells begin dying followed by your neurons suffering more extensive damage at 3 minutes, lasting brain damage becomes more likely after which at five minutes, death becomes imminent.

What causes discoloration of blood?

It is caused by blood leaking out of the tiny vessels called capillaries. The blood pools under the skin and leaves a residue of hemoglobin that settles in the tissue there. Hemoglobin contains iron, which causes the rusty color of the stains.

The right time to call for HELP

You notice a discoloration on your skin or on your child’s skin and you can detect:

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Using muscles around the ribs for air
  • Fever, chest pain and headaches
  • Coughing up dark mucus
  • Constant fatigue and loss of appetite
  • Loss of sleep and unnecessarily irritated

This is the right time to visit your doctor and at Lily Hospital, you will be examined physically, scans and tests will be carried out to confirm your symptoms then our doctor assigned to you will recommend the treatment best for you. You can also call 07053351741 or 07053351712 for more information and schedule an appointment.

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