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Definition

Blanching of skin occurs when the skin becomes pale in response to gentle pressure.

Definition

Blanching of skin occurs when the skin becomes pale in response to gentle pressure.

Alternative Names

Blanched skin, skin blanches, skin turns white.

Synopsis

Detecting changes in skin color is challenging because there is such a wide range of skin coloration in all individuals. Subtle changes like skin blanching may occur gradually over time, or there may be a sudden onset. Blanching of skin is usually a localized reaction and may be a sign that the skin tissue is not receiving its usual blood supply due to swelling, cold, or other problems, such as insufficient blood flow through the vessels.

Associated Diagnoses

  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • Vitiligo
  • Smallpox
  • Ringworm
  • Shock
  • Frostbite
  • Burns
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Dermatitis
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Eczema
  • Anemia
  • Pemphigoid
  • Impetigo
  • Pressure ulcers

Diagnosis and Treatment

Doctors are continually developing tools for effectively measuring skin blanching in individuals with varying amounts of melanin pigment in the skin. Although a subtle symptom, blanching of the skin remains an important indicator of overall health. A comprehensive examination, history and physical are required and diagnostic studies such as laboratory tests may be necessary. Treatment will depend on the underlying condition.

Call 911 if:

Blanching of the skin is accompanied by:

  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Air hunger or gasping for breath
  • Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
  • Chest pain
  • Sweating profusely

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Possible Causes - Listed in order from the most common to the least.

1

Raynaud's Phenomenon

Raynaud’s phenomenon is a condition where blood flow to your fingers, toes, ears or nose is restricted or interrupted. This occurs when the blood vessels in your hands or feet constrict. Episodes of constriction ar...

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Burns

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A burn is damage to the skin or body tissue from exposure to heat, ultra-violet light, radiation, hot liquid, steam, fire, flammable liquids or gases, chemicals, or electricity. Minor burns typically heal on their ow...

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3

Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis, or sun spots, is a common skin condition. It occurs when skin cells grow abnormally, forming scaly, discolored spots.

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4

Chemical Burns

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Chemical burns occur when the skin or eyes come into contact with irritants, such as acids or bases. Symptoms vary, but skin reactions, pain or numbness are common.

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5

Septic Shock

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Septic shock is a complication of an infection in which toxins can initiate a full-body inflammatory response and organ failure. Confusion, breathing problems, chills, and cold sweats.

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6

Hypovolemic Shock

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Hypovolemic shock (hemorrhagic shock) is a life-threatening condition that results when you lose more than 20 percent of your body

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7

Cardiogenic Shock

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Cardiogenic shock is a rare condition in which the heart is so damaged that it is unable to supply sufficient blood to bodily organs. Sweating and cold extremities are potential signs of this condition.

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8

Anaphylaxis

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

When people with severe allergies are exposed to their allergen, a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis can result: a series of symptoms such as rash, abdominal pain, and difficulty breathing and shock.

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9

Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is a condition that makes skin red or inflamed after contact with a particular substance. Contact dermatitis is either the result of an allergen or an irritant. Allergic dermatitis usually appear...

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10

Bites and Stings

Whether you're in the water, on a mountain trail, or in your backyard, wildlife you encounter have ways of protecting themselves and their territory. One method of defense involves biting or stinging. The wounds ca...

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11

Anemia

Anemia occurs when the number of healthy red blood cells (RBCs) in the body is too low. Red cells carry oxygen to all the body's tissues, so a low red blood cell count indicates that the amount of oxygen in the blood i...

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12

Eczema

Eczema is a common skin condition hallmarked by itchy and inflamed patches of skin, particularly on faces in infants, as well as inside the elbow and behind the knees of children, teenagers, and adults. Also commonl...

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13

Warts

Warts are raised bumps on your skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts have plagued humans for thousands of years-they have been discovered on 3,000-year-old mummies and were mentioned by Shakespeare...

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14

Frostbite

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Frostbite occurs when the skin is exposed to extreme or prolonged cold. The skin freezes, as do tissues beneath the surface of the skin. In extreme cases, muscle, nerves, and blood vessels may also freeze. Skin ma...

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15

Psoriasis Overview

Psoriasis is a chronic disease characterized by red patches on the skin, often accompanied with silvery-white scales of dead skin cells. It is not contagious.

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16

Impetigo

Impetigo is a highly contagious skin condition. It usually occurs on the face, neck, and hands of young children and infants. Children who wear diapers also tend to get it around the diaper area. Impetigo occurs mor...

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17

Ringworm of the Body (Tinea Corporis)

Ringworm of the body is a skin infection caused by a fungus. "Ringworm" is a misnomer-the infection has nothing to do with worms. Its name comes from the small, ring- or circle-shaped rash that appears on the body du...

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18

Ringworm of the Scalp (Tinea Capitis)

Ringworm of the scalp is not really a worm, but a fungal infection. Also called Tinea capitis , this infection affects both your scalp and hair shafts, causing small patches of itchy, scaly skin on the scalp. It get...

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19

Lichen Planus

Lichen planus is a common skin rash that is not contagious. Common symptoms may include lesions in the mouth which may be painful or cause a burning sensation.

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20

Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a condition in which you lose the pigment of your skin. Pigment causes skin color and is produced by cells called "melanocytes." Another word for pigment is "melanin." Most people with vitiligo lose pigmen...

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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