Blanching of the Skin
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What causes blanching of skin? 17 possible conditions

In the French language, “blanc” translates to “white.” Blanching of the skin occurs when the skin becomes white or pale in appearance. Blanching of the skin typically indicates a temporary obstruction of blood flow. If you press gently on an area of your... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Raynaud's Phenomenon

In Raynaud's phenomenon, blood flow to your fingers, toes, ears, or nose is restricted or interrupted. Learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatment.

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2

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's blood or fluid supply, preventing the heart from pumping sufficient blood to your body.

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3

Cardiogenic Shock

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

Cardiogenic shock occurs when the heart has been damaged to the point where it's unable to supply enough blood to the organs of the body.

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4

Anemia

Anemia happens when the number of healthy red blood cells in your body is too low. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all of the body's tissues.

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5

Chemical Burns

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

Find information about chemical burns and how to prevent them. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of chemical burns.

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6

Frostbite

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

Learn about the symptoms and treatment options for frostbite.

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7

Burns

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

Burns are characterized by severe skin damage that causes the affected cells to die. Most people can recover from burns without serious health consequences.

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8

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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9

Actinic Keratosis

Learn about the causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of actinic keratosis.

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10

Anaphylaxis

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

Anaphylaxis can occur when you have a severe reaction to certain allergens. Learn what the symptoms are and what to do if this happens.

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11

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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12

Eczema

Eczema is a common skin condition caused by an overactive immune system. It is marked by itchy and inflamed patches of skin.

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13

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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14

Impetigo

Impetigo is a highly contagious skin condition. It usually occurs on the face, neck, and hands of young children and infants. It occurs rarely in adults.

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15

Lichen Planus

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

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16

Pemphigoid

Pemphigoid is a rare autoimmune disorder that most often affects the elderly. Lesions on the abdomen, arms, legs, and mucous membranes is a common symptom.

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17

Ichthyosis Vulgaris

Ichthyosis vulgaris, also known as "fish scale disease," is a generally genetic skin disease that causes dry, dead skin cells to accumulate in patches on the skin.

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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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