Blue lips, Shortness of breath: 25 Possible Causes
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What causes blue lips and shortness of breath? 25 possible conditions

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

1

Breathing Difficulties

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

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.

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2

Asthma Overview

Learn about asthma. Explore the types of asthma and read information about their symptoms, causes and treatments. Continue reading!

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3

Emphysema

Emphysema is a lung disease that, along with chronic bronchitis, represents a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Lack of oxygen may give skin and lips a bluish hue.

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4

Pneumothorax (Collapsed Lung)

Pneumothorax, or collapsed lung, occurs when air is trapped in the space around your lungs. Learn about the types of pneumothorax and the treatment for it.

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5

Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis causes symptoms like chronic coughing, coughing up blood, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Read about treatment options.

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6

Choking Adult Or Child Over 1 Year

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

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.

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7

Epiglottitis

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

Epiglottitis is characterized by inflamed tissue in your epiglottis. It's a potentially life-threatening illness. The epiglottis is at the base of the tongue.

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8

Pulmonary Embolism

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

A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that affects blood flow to the lungs. It can damage part of the lung due to restricted blood flow, decrease blood oxygen. The most common symptom is shortness of breath.

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9

The Catastrophy of Cardiac Tamponade

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

Cardiac tamponade is a condition where the sac that encases your heart fills with fluid and then puts pressure on your heart. This undue pressure keeps the heart from filling with blood properly. When this happens, th...

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10

Pulmonary Edema

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

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.

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11

Cor Pulmonare

Cor pulmonale is a condition that most commonly arises out of complications from high blood pressure.

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12

Ventricular Septal Defects

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.

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13

Polycythemia Vera

Polycythemia vera (PV) is a bone marrow disorder in which the body produces an excessive amount of red blood cells. Red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen to all parts of the body. Blood is carrie...

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14

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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

Learn about carbon monoxide poisoning and what causes it. Find information on carbon monoxide symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

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15

Acute Mountain Sickness

Acute mountain sickness, or altitude sickness, is a condition that occurs when your body can't adjust to a high level of altitude.

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16

Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)

Tetralogy of Fallot is a serious, congenital heart defect characterized by malformations of the heart and a bluish skin tone.

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17

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) Infection

RSV is virus that causes symptoms similar to those of a cold and occurs most frequently in children. Learn about causes and treatment.

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18

Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome

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

Adult respiratory distress syndrome is a lung condition. It occurs when fluid fills up the air sacs in your lungs. It can eventually lead to organ failure.

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19

Chronic Bronchitis

People often develop acute bronchitis after a viral chest infection. Blue-colored lips ankle or foot swelling can result.

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20

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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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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