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Symptom Grey Pallor Skin Smoker Drinker Cough
Hello, I have very pale skin to the extent where people have recently been asking if I'm I'll, almost grey. Labs are all with in normal parameters and physical exam didn't reveal anything abnormal. I've made changes to my diet, increased my daily water co
Dry?: Xerosis (dry skin) causes an ashy grey-white appearance at times. Other illnesses to be considered could include Argyria (silver toxicity), alkaptonuria (inherited metabolic disease) or Wilson's disease (abnormal copper metabolism). More educated suggestions could be offered through virtual consult and closer examination of skin and nails. ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
6 yr old cough, headache, sore throat, neck pain, no fever, pale skin, whites of eye cloudy, won't eat or drink anything?
Sore throat: Have you talked to your pediatrician?Get a more detailed answer ›
Are symptoms like headache when bending, hairfall and pale skin related to brain-affecting problems?
Headache while bendi: Headache while bending is sinus or structural. Hairfall. Lots of reasons, hair dye, tight bandana, low thyroid, hair pulling etc. Pale skin (sometimes attractive). The three are probably not related though red-haired folks with pale skin tend to have higher rate of allergies which is a cause of sinus conditions with secondary headaches. ...Read more
I recently lost a close friend, and I have had some weird symptoms. I have had dizziness, pale skin, sweating, and a headache. Is this a minor shock?
One of my moles recently started to bleed. Is that a sign of skin cancer? I'm a red head with very pale skin.
See your doctor: A bleeding mole is a warning sign. Please see your doctor to ascertain if the lesion needs to be removed for examination by a pathologist. ...Read more
11yr old son CBC shows high lymphocyte % and low MPV, low CREAT, and high Alkaline PHOS. Symptoms of fatigue, pale skin, headache, rashes- leukemia?
Stop worrying: Percentages are meaningless. All that matters is absolute counts of lymphs and neutrophils. All 11 year olds have high alkaline phosphate. Mean platelet volume means nothing. Low creatinine is never a first warning. If he's not anemic and there are no abnormal cells noted, stop worrying about leukemia. The most common cause of headaches in a boy his age is needing glasses. ...Read more
My penis is very pale brown. It has lost its color and looks abnormal since I developed chronic epididymitis. Is pallor of penal skin normal?
HOW WILL THE FALL OF A NEWBORN ON HIS HEAD FOLLOWED BY (LOSS OF CONSCIOUS, PALLORING & YELLOWING, CONVULSION) AFFECT THE HEALTH OF HIS BRAIN?
Fall of infant /seiz: GO t o ER immediately, call 911 and follow up with pediatric neurologist. ...Read more
What causes: profuse sweating of only the head and face, pallor, of only the head and face, associated with extreme pressure in the head? Treatment?
? Thoracic outlet: Syndrome can cause similar symptoms where the blood flow feels more prominent in the face and neck. Any kind of obstruction to the outflow of blood from head, neck and arms can cause these symptoms- but these conditions are pretty rare. Agree with dr young, pheo can also cause such symptoms. ...Read more
Hi, I'm 20 years old. I have yellow skin but white conjunctiva, I don't eat that much carrots! What could be the cause of this pallor?
Spray tan!: If you are an albino, spray tan is the only way to get darker skin, but if you are pale or a redhead, then you may burn rather than tan, so you too would be best off getting a spray tan and using a high spf sunblock at the beach. If you have normal pigmentation and tan easily, then of course this is one way to darken your skin color, but only by increasing your risk of wrinkles and skin cancers. ...Read more
Avoid sun: There is no reasonable way to lighten the skin beyond avoidance of the sun. No dietary or physical or medical means can lighten the skin. If you stay out of the sun, your skin will get to its lightest. ...Read more
Pale skin: Pale skin = light coloration of the external most tissue covering the body. ...Read more
Not likely: Gilbert's syndrome is an elevated total and indirect bilirubin unrelated to any disease and is caused by an inherited difference in bilirubin metabolism. It is usually benign although some medicine metabolism may also be affected, there is usually no need to adjust medication doses except in rare instances. It may very occasionally cause a slight yellow skin or sclera tint. ...Read more
Avoid sun: Avoid sun and undertake a regular but gentle exfoliation routine. ...Read more
Unsure: If you are describing the rapid shallow breathing associated with an anxiety attack, there are a number of symptoms that can occur including dizziness, light-headedness, pale skin color, palpitations, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing and others. An assessment by a qualified mental health provider is worthwhile to help you decide if other physical problems might be the cause. ...Read more
Read label: Sunblocks are rated in terms of their uv blocking capacity - the higher the number the better. This is the same brand to brand. If you want to really do this stay out of the sun or cover yourself with zinc oxide ointment which will block everything (but looks weird). Some have suggested that you move to seattle where the clouds block the sun all the time. ...Read more
Genetics mostly: Albinism is a genetic defect in which melanin production is completely inhibited. Besides having white skin, people with albinism have several other manifestations (i.e. Certain hair and eye colors). Someone with pale skin just does not produce much melanin. These individuals tend to have roots from northern latitudes. They can actually tan, while people with albinism cannot tan. ...Read more
I have very pale skin that got super burned for 1st on vacation to DR. I have freckles all over shoulders since April. Will they ever fade? My tan too
Yes: The freckles and tan will fade. You may wish to use sun screen on exposed parts to protect from ambient sun light and facilitate the process. ...Read more
'Natural'= born with: If your skin isn't already naturally lighter, then 'natural' paleness isn't going to happen for you. You will have to look into the various lightening creams, laser treatments, and chemical peels that are available through a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, all of which have side effects, recovery times, and some have significant costs. And all of which aren't considered 'natural.'All need upkeep ...Read more
Artificial tanning: I agree with dr. Fisher that artificial tanning is the way to go if you have what we call "type I skin" and cannot tan naturally. But I would remind you that artificial tanning does not provide any burn protection - so you need to remember to apply a good broad-spectrum (spf ~50) sunscreen lotion every single morning, whether you plan on being in the sun or not. ...Read more
Why?: Why do you want to "pass" as anything? Embrace the skin that you have. Be proud of it. ...Read more
Pallor: Much of the skin tone from later skin to reddish to bluish skin tone is established by the nature of blood flow in the skin. That varies tremendously with genetic types and also with the status of the core versus shell temperature and so forth. If you have a question about the color of your skin relating to any illness need to see a dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more