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  • Lacking a healthy skin color

  • Face has no color

  • Face is pale with lips turned blue for a while

  • Face is ashen all the time

  • Looks unhealthy

  • Face turned ashen for a short time

  • Purplish lips with a pale face

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Content updated on May 23, 2022


Paleness can be caused by a lack of blood supply to the skin. It could also be linked to a reduction in the quantity of red blood cells (anemia). The lack of pigment in the skin is not the same as skin pallor. Paleness is linked to blood flow rather than melanin deposition in the skin.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Repeated fever above 38 ℃

  • Fainting with loss of consciousness

  • Respiratory wheeze

  • Unexplained weight loss of 5% or more in 1 month

  • Seizure attack

  • Fever

  • Difficulty breathing / breathlessness

  • Peripheral cyanosis

Possible Causes

  • Anemia

    Anemia is a disorder in which the body's tissues don't get enough oxygen due to insufficient healthy red blood cells. There are several types anemia with various causes, the most common being iron-deficiency anemia which is a result of insufficient iron. Iron is required to produce haemoglobin, a substance in the red blood cells which help carry oxygen.

  • Deep-seated mycosis

    This is a serious form of fungal infection that is more likely to occur in immunocompromised patients. It can be caused by different types of fungi, and can affect various organs like the lungs or the brain. Risk factors include weak immune system, organ transplantation, cancers and diabetes mellitus.

  • Aspergillus

    Aspergillosis is an infection caused by a type of fungus. It usually affects the respiratory system and sinuses, but their signs and severity vary greatly. Aspergillus, is present everywhere (indoors and outdoors) which can cause the infection.

  • Meckel's diverticulosis

  • Hyponatremia

  • Hypothermia

  • Hypopituitarism

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  • Do you look more pale, wan or sickly than usual?

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