Symptom: Purple skin

Purple skin: Purple or blue-purple coloring of the skin.
Introduction: A purple or blue-purple skin color can result from various colors. Purple skin coloring is sometimes described as blueness or redness, and some conditions causing purple coloring may also be listed under blueness, cyanosis, redness, hyperpigmentation, or dark skin. Another cause of purple skin color may be bruising and other conditions may be listed under bruising or dark skin. Any type of purple skin or skin color changes can be symptoms of serious disease and need prompt professional medical investigation
Detailed cause information for symptom: Purple skin:
  • Possible causes of symptom: Purple skin (10 conditions)
  • Medical conditions causing symptom: Purple skin (6 conditions)

    Medical articles on symptoms: These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Symptoms related to Purple skin: blueness (33), cyanosis (33), redness (48), dark skin (21), hyperpigmentation (9)
    Purple skin type of: Dark skin (21), Blue skin (33), Cyanosis (33)
    Symptoms: symptom center, symptom groups, symptom descriptions

    Possible causes of symptom: Purple skin: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Purple skin as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

    Conditions listing symptoms: Purple skin: The following list of conditions have 'Purple skin' 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.


  • Dermatomyositis ... bluish-purple skin rash


  • Erythromelalgia ... red or purple skin patches


  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura ... purplish skin areas


  • Kaposi's Sarcoma ... purple spots


  • Necrotizing fasciitis ... violet skin


  • Sarcoidosis ... purple skin patches

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