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  • Lacking a healthy skin color

  • Face turned pale for a while then recovered

  • 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

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About the symptom

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 where the body's tissues don't receive enough oxygen due to a lack of healthy red blood cells. There are several types of anemia with various causes, the most common being iron-deficiency anemia, which results from insufficient iron. Iron is needed to produce hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells that helps carry oxygen.

  • Meckel's diverticulosis

    Meckel's diverticulum is a congenital bulge in the lower part of the small intestine, which is a remnant of the umbilical cord.

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

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Reviewed By:

Yoshinori Abe

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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