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About Bluish coloration of limbs
Cyanosis is a condition and not a disease. The skin color of the fingertips and the lips becomes light bluish in color during cyanosis. This is indicative of the low oxygen levels in the blood. Blood takes a bluish tint if it does not have sufficient levels of oxygen. When the oxygen levels in the RBC reduce it can cause bluish coloration on the limbs and lips. This condition is known as cyanosis. Cyanosis is a symptom indicating the body cannot deliver sufficient levels of oxygenated blood. Very cold weather can narrow the blood vessels reducing the oxygen supply causing bluish tint temporarily. But that is not cyanosis and can be resolved by gentle massaging of affected areas. There can be accompanied symptoms if there is underlying cause of Cyanosis. Patients with lungs and heart diseases can develop cyanosis gradually. Similarly people who are taking drugs that contain nitrates and dapsone can develop cyanosis over years. Other symptoms related to cyanosis include rapid heartbeat, palpitation, chest pain (ranging from dull to severe chest tightening), dyspnea and blue discoloration of the skin on the extremities.
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