Paleness: Whitening or pallor of the skin
Introduction: Several severe illnesses lead to general pallor of the body ranging from anemia to leukemia to heart conditions. Localized pallor can also occur in areas of poor circulation such as the hands and fingers in Raynaud's phenomenon. Paleness of the skin needs to be distinguished from other symptoms such as whitening of the skin or hypopigmentation (loss of skin pigment). Any form of paleness or pallor needs medical investigation.
Detailed cause information for symptom: Paleness:
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Symptoms related to Paleness: whitening (8), hypopigmentation (4), skin color changes (129), fever (279)
Paleness type of: Skin color changes (129)
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Possible causes of symptom: Paleness: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Paleness as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.
- Physical exertion
- Lack of sun exposure
- Normal genetic variation
- Some causes of sudden pallor include:
- Anemia - see also types of anemia and causes of anemia
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Raynaud's phenomenon
- Heat exhaustion
- Heart attack
- Hodgkin's Disease
Conditions listing symptoms: Paleness: The following list of conditions have 'Paleness' 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.
Conditions listing complications: Paleness: The following list of conditions have 'Paleness' or similar listed as a complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
Last revised: Nov 12, 2003
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