Blue lips and face or a bluish colour on the lips and face can be caused due to lack of oxygen, or as an allergic reaction. It can also point towards a low oxygen count in the red blood cells, as well as extreme exposure to winter or cold. It can also mean that your hemoglobin has been adversely affected by a sickle cell form of anemia.
HOW IS BLUISH COLOR ON LIPS AND FACE DIAGNOSED?
A non-invasive pulse oximeter is the simplest way to measure the oxygenation of the blood. Arterial blood gases are drawn to measure oxygenation and determine other factors that may be contributing to blue lips. A general physician diagnoses this.
HOW IS BLUISH COLOR ON LIPS AND FACE TREATED?
In some cases, the presence of cyanosis can be a serious medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. Treatment involves identifying and rectifying the underlying cause and restoring the oxygenated blood flow to the lips.
DID YOU KNOW?
Depending on the cause, cyanosis may develop suddenly, along with shortness of breath and other symptoms. Cyanosis can be due to long-term heart or lung problems that may develop slowly and gradually. Symptoms may be present, but are often not severe. The other cause can be due a blood clot that blocks the blood supply to a leg, foot, hand, or arm