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Purple lips – asthma/astma

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You know when you were a child and you were swimming in cold water to long you got purple lips by the cold? (And if you have not experienced that, that is what happens.) Same happens to me when I get low lung capasity. During the last weeks I have woken up in the morning with purple lips. Meaning the body get to little oxygen. When my asthma is less they are more red, and when the asthma is worse they are more purple. That alongside the coughing means I have to take more medicine. So I better do that now.

Facts about purple lips:
“Purple lips, also known as cyanosis in medical terminology, is caused by the discoloration of the skin and membranes. The area that is affected by cyanosis appears to be bluish in color. Though purple lips can be caused due to cold weather, it can also be a cause for concern, as it may be a symptom of underlying diseases related to the heart and respiratory system causes of purple lips are chronic bronchitis, asthma, hypoventilation etc.” Buzzle.com

If you do not receive adequate treatment for an asthma attack, you will eventually be unable to speak and will develop a bluish coloring around your lips. This color change, known as “cyanosis,” means you have less and less oxygen in your blood. Without immediate aggressive treatment in an intensive care unit, you will lose consciousness and eventually die. An asthma attack is a sudden worsening of asthma symptoms caused by the tightening of muscles around your airways (bronchospasm). During the asthma attack, the lining of the airways also becomes swollen or inflamed and thicker mucus — more than normal — is produced. All of these factors — bronchospasm, inflammation, and mucus production — cause symptoms of an asthma attack such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and difficulty performing normal daily activities. Other symptoms of an asthma attack include: Severe wheezing when breathing both in and out, Coughing with asthma that won’t stop, Very rapid breathing, Chest pain or pressure, Tightened neck and chest muscles, called retractions, Difficulty talking, Feelings of anxiety or panic, Pale, sweaty face, Blue lips or fingernails, Or worsening symptoms despite use of your medications.” WebMD.com

Author: Annelie

I like canoeing, photographing, friends, movies, food, humor, and going on trips. I dislike rudeness, dishonesty, violence, nastyness, and people not caring for others. I do not drink much, I do not smoke and I do not do drugs. I love friends who are kind to me and stick with me. If you want to give me a gift, the best gift is to stop smoking and stop using fragranced products. Then you give me health and that dear friend, is the best gift a person can get. It is a gift of love. I got asthma and I am hearing disabled.

3 thoughts on “Purple lips – asthma/astma

  1. Thanks, dear for sharing such beautiful information with us. But here I have a very quick question that How we can realize our Symptoms of an Asthma Attack ? Hope soon you will write a detailed article to give a complete info about my question.

    Best Regards

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    • Thanks for the good link, I am no doctor, I only write out from personal experiences and collected knowledge from many years of wide and deep reading on the subject.

      A comment to the link I do have is

      “Agitation       Anxiety      Confusion”

      is that this is something I have never experieced, anxiety maybe, when I was new to asthma in 2007, but never the two other. You do not get confused from asthma, that is rubbish. Aggitation neither.
      My blog holds links about what asthma is under Asthma -What is? For those who want to read about this.

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    • The anxiety you can feel is maybe anxiety over not being able to breathe, that is getting scared when your lungs is actually suffocating you, because that is what is going on in reality during a asthma attack.

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