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Purple skin

Purple skin: Introduction

A purple or blue-purple skin color can result from various colors. Purple skin coloring is sometimes described as blueness or redness, and some conditions causing purple coloring may also be listed under blueness, cyanosis, redness, hyperpigmentation, or dark skin. Another cause of purple skin color may be bruising and other conditions may be listed under bruising or dark skin. Any type of purple skin or skin color changes can be symptoms of serious disease and need prompt professional medical investigation....more »

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Causes of Purple skin:

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

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Purple skin: Symptom Checker

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

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Purple skin Treatments

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Stories from Users for Purple skin

Real-life user stories relating to Purple skin:

Message Boards for Purple skin

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Diagnostic tests for Purple skin:

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

  • Physical examination
    • Examine the purple skin in area or areas affected and note the features
    • Examine for signs of systemic disease that may be associated with the cause of the purple skin - e.g. muscle weakness, muscle tenderness and swelling around the eyes in dermatomyositis.
    • Examine for extensive bruises which may suggest Hemophilia, Christmas disease, platelet disorders or disseminated intravascular coagulation
    • Examine for petechial body rash (pinhead size red - purple rash) which is common in any disorder that might cause thrombocytopenia (reduced platelets), platelet dysfunction or vasculitis.
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count and ESR
  • more tests...»

Purple skin: Animations

Purple skin: Comorbid Symptoms

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

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Purple skin

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

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

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Purple 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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Misdiagnosis and Purple skin

Psoriasis often undiagnosed cause of skin symptoms in children: Children who suffer from the skin disorder called psoriasis can often go undiagnosed. The main problem is that psoriasis is rare in children, and not often seen by physicians for this more »

Purple skin: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Organs affected by Purple skin:

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

Detailed list of causes of Purple skin

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

How Common are these Causes of Purple 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 Purple skin. Of the 16 causes of Purple skin that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 0 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 1 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 3 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 13 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Purple skin:

The following list of conditions have 'Purple 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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  • Dermatomyositis ... bluish-purple skin rash, bluish purple discolored skin rash






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

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

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

Classifications of Purple skin:

Medical Conditions associated with Purple skin:

Dark skin (136 causes), Blue skin (412 causes), Cyanosis (439 causes), Skin symptoms (5992 causes), Skin problems (3422 causes), Skin color changes (2348 causes), Blood symptoms (2297 causes), Mucus membrane symptoms (832 causes), Blood vessel symptoms (480 causes), Circulation symptoms (1579 causes), Pigmentation symptoms (305 causes), Abnormal blood test symptoms (1538 causes)

Symptoms related to Purple skin:

Blueness (439 causes), Cyanosis (439 causes), Redness (534 causes), Dark skin (136 causes), Hyperpigmentation (151 causes), Bruise (348 causes), Bulging veins (3 causes), Blue veins, Birthmark, Port-wine stain, Kaposi sarcoma (5 causes), Hemorrhagic rash (7 causes)

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Purple skin

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