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can lack of oxygen cause only top lip to become purple or would bottom be purple too. sometimes the upper lip looks purple but the lower is pink.

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Dr. Sheila Calderon
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Unlikely: If you smoke cigarettes and have less oxygen consider a smoking cessation program. Your doctor can help you with this. She can also get a spirometry to check your lungs. If you just noticed an upper purple lip and you are not a smoker it could be from eating ice or drinking a cold drink.

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Last updated Mar 17, 2016

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