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Dark skin

Dark skin: Introduction

Further information about Dark skin is below, or review more specific information about these types of Dark skin: hyperpigmentation, purple skin, bronze skin, cafe-au-lait spots, Increased pigmentation, Skin, bronze, Black patches of skin, Persistent brown pigmentation or other types.

There are various types of skin darkening. One type is hyperpigmentation that occurs when certain skin cells release more pigment (dark color). Darkening of the skin due to "blueness" is called cyanosis (see also blue skin) or purple skin. Darkening may sometimes occur from redness or bruising. Other types of skin darkening can result from sun exposure, certain dietary items, and certain chemicals; see also skin color changes for particular colors such as redness, blueness and other skin color changes. Skin darkening, color changes, or hyperpigmentation can be the symptom of some severe diseases (e.g. Addison's, scleroderma), and any such symptoms require prompt professional medical investigation....more »

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Causes of Dark skin:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Dark skin. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Causes of Types of Dark skin:

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Dark skin: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Dark skin, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Dark skin Treatments

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Stories from Users for Dark skin

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Message Boards for Dark skin

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Dark skin or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Dark skin:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Dark skin. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Examine the dark skin in area or areas affected and note pigmentation features
    • Examine for signs of systemic disease that may be associated with the casue of the dark skin - e.g. enlarged liver with jaundice.
  • Blood tests
  • more tests...»

Dark skin: Animations

Dark skin: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Dark skin may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Dark skin

Research the causes of these symptoms that are similar to, or related to, the symptom Dark skin:

Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Dark skin. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Dark skin: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Dark skin

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Dark skin: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Organs affected by Dark skin:

The list of organs typically affected by Dark skin may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Dark skin

The list below shows some of the causes of Dark skin mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Dark skin?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Dark skin. Of the 136 causes of Dark skin that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 3 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 3 causes are "common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 2 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 6 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 125 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Dark skin:

The following list of conditions have 'Dark skin' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Dark skin:

The following list of medical conditions have Dark skin or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.


  • Eczema ... hyperpigmented eyelids


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Causes of Dark skin Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Dark skin based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Dark skin?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Dark skin, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Dark skin:

    Subtypes of Dark skin:

    Hyperpigmentation (151 causes), Purple skin (16 causes), Bronze skin (19 causes), Cafe-au-lait spots (48 causes), Increased pigmentation (20 causes), Skin, bronze (2 causes), Black patches of skin (7 causes), Persistent brown pigmentation (10 causes), Excess skin pigmentation (32 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Dark skin:

    Skin color changes (2348 causes), Skin symptoms (5992 causes), Skin problems (3422 causes), Skin color symptoms (2348 causes), Pigmentation symptoms (305 causes)

    Symptoms related to Dark skin:

    Skin color changes (2348 causes), Hyperpigmentation (151 causes), Whitening (69 causes), Hypopigmentation (71 causes), Blueness (439 causes), Cyanosis (439 causes), Purple skin (16 causes), Orange skin (14 causes), Yellow skin (397 causes), Sun sensitivity (31 causes), Hyperpigmentation (151 causes), Skin color changes (2348 causes), Purple skin (16 causes), Melanoma, Nevus, Sun burn (1 cause), chemical burn (5 causes), skin pigment

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    Medical News summaries about Dark skin

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    Evidence Based Medicine Research for Dark skin

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