What's Causing My Blue Lips?
26 Possible Causes of Blue Lips
Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a severe lung condition that occurs when fluid fills up the air sacs in your lungs. Common symptoms include labored breathing, fever, fast pulse, and blue skin or nails.
Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when we inhale too much carbon monoxide. It can lead to tissue damage and possibly death. Signs include a dull headache, nausea, confusion, and blue lips or skin.
COPD is a lung disease that makes breathing difficult. It’s marked by a persistent cough, increased mucus, and breathlessness. A decrease in blood oxygen levels can cause bluish skin and lips.
Cyanosis is condition in which a person develops a bluish tint to the skin, fingernails, and fingertips. It’s caused by not having enough oxygen in your blood and can occur suddenly or over time due to chronic illness.
Cyanotic congenital heart disease (CCHD) is a condition present at birth that results in low levels of oxygen in the blood. Symptoms include blue skin and lips, difficulty breathing, and rapid heartbeat.
Aspiration pneumonia is an inflammation of your lungs and bronchial tubes that happens after foreign matter is inhaled. Symptoms include chest pain, wheezing, and blue discoloration of the skin.
Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the lungs that often makes breathing difficult and causes coughing and wheezing attacks and shortness of breath. A lack of oxygen brought on by an asthma attack can cause the lips to turn blue.
Breathing difficulty describes discomfort when breathing, and the feeling that you cannot draw a breath. If you’re unable to breathe in enough oxygen, your fingernails and lips may turn blue.
Choking occurs when an object, food, or liquid becomes lodged in the throat. Emergency signs of choking include the inability to speak, cough, or breathe. Lips may start to turn blue from lack of oxygen.
Pneumothorax is a collapsed lung. This occurs when air becomes trapped in the space around the lungs. Along with a steady ache in the chest and shortness of breath, your skin or lips may turn blue.
Pulmonary edema is a condition in which the lungs fill with fluid. When this occurs, the body struggles to get enough oxygen, often resulting in breathlessness, coughing, excessive sweating, and bluish skin or lips.
Epiglottitis is a life-threatening condition characterized by inflamed epiglottis tissue. Once the airway becomes blocked, an adult or child may exhibit bluish discoloration of their skin or lips from lack of oxygen.
Acute mountain sickness (altitude sickness or high altitude pulmonary edema) occurs in high altitudes, especially when exercising. A lack of oxygen can give the skin and lips a blue tinge.
Tetralogy of Fallot is a congenital heart defect that can be fatal if left untreated. Symptoms are present at birth and include bluish-colored skin, clubbed fingers, and developmental delays.
Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a common virus that causes infections of the lungs and airways. Common symptoms include fever, wheezing, and bluish skin from oxygen deprivation.
Bronchiectasis is a condition in which the bronchial tubes of the lungs are permanently damaged and enlarged, which causes infections and blockages in the airways, and gives the skin a blue appearance.
Cardiac tamponade is a serious medical condition in which blood or fluids fill the space between the sac that encases the heart, placing extreme pressure on the heart. It can disrupt breathing and cause blue fingernails or lips.
Cor pulmonale causes the right ventricle to enlarge and pump blood less effectively than it should. Shortness of breath, chronic cough, and a blue tint to the mouth and fingernails are all symptoms.
Pulmonary fibrosis develops when the alveoli, tiny air sacs that transfer oxygen to the blood, become damaged and inflamed. The first symptom is shortness of breath. In later stages, the skin may appear bluish.
Septicemia is bacterial infection spread through the entire vascular system of the body. If untreated, it can result in sepsis, a life-threatening inflammation. A main symptom is blue lips or finger nails.
A ventral septal defect (VSD) is a hole between the heart’s lower chambers (ventricles). It can lead to difficulty breathing and pale or bluish skin, especially around the lips and fingernails.
Polycythemia vera (PV) is a bone marrow disorder in which the body produces an excessive amount of red blood cells, causing blood clots. Clots block blood from properly circulating, leading to blue skin or lips, heart attack, or stroke.
Plant fertilizer can cause poisoning when accidentally ingested or inhaled. Physical contact can cause skin redness and burning, while ingestion can cause your body to turn blue from lack of oxygen.