Blue discoloration of the fingers or nails, known as cyanosis, usually occurs when normal oxygen flow in the body is interrupted, Healthline states. Whether temporary or recurrent, Raynaud's syndrome may cause the condition, or a defect of the lungs of heart may trigger it.Continue Reading
Cyanosis can occur rapidly when a person is choking or having a seizure, according to Healthline. When the condition is related to chronic heart or lung diseases, it usually develops slowly over time from conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or congestive heart failure
Cyanosis develops when red blood cells are unable to deliver an adequate oxygen supply to body tissue, causing the blood to turn dark bluish-red, according to MedlinePlus. The condition can produce discoloration throughout the body, but it is often difficult to detect, especially in darker skin. When cyanosis only affects one hand, it is most likely caused by Raynaud's syndrome or a blot clot that is temporarily limiting oxygen flow in the hand.
During periods of stress or exposure to cold, Raynaud's syndrome triggers repeated episodes of constricted blood vessels in the fingers and toes, causing numbness, Cleveland Clinic states. The most common form, primary Reynaud's syndrome, occurs spontaneously with no underlying cause, while the secondary form is related to pre-existing medical conditions, such as heart disease or carpal tunnel syndrome. People living in cold environments are more likely to be affected because narrowed blood vessels interfere with the body's attempts to conserve heat.Learn more about Pain & Symptoms
Blue lips are typically due to low blood oxygen levels that can be caused by blood clots, high altitude levels, cold exposure and lung conditions, according to MedlinePlus. Blue lips can also occur in individuals who have drowned or experience near-drowning.Full Answer >
Most women experience painful periods when the womb's muscular wall contracts and presses against the blood vessels, which, in turn, restricts the flow of oxygen to the womb, causing pain that can spread to the back and thighs. Women in their 30s and 40s may experience pain because of different conditions in the pelvis and the womb. Painful periods are common in teenagers, and they tend to get less painful as a person grows older, as stated by Patient.Full Answer >
Possible causes of arm pain, which may affect the upper limb and start anywhere from the fingers to the shoulder, include an injury, overuse of the limb or referred pain from another body part, according to Healthline. Arm pain may also indicate carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, fractures, heart disease or cumulative trauma disorders of the arm.Full Answer >
Make a doctor’s appointment if your numbness develops gradually, affects both sides of the body equally, occurs intermittently, seems related to certain repetitive motions or only affects limb parts, such as the toes or fingers, explains Mayo Clinic. Seek emergency treatment if you experience numbness that starts suddenly, occurs in the entire arm or leg, or follows a head injury. Do the same if the numbness occurs with confusion, paralysis or weakness, difficulty talking, dizziness or a sudden, severe headache.Full Answer >