What other symptoms might occur with blue lips?
Blue lips are generally due to a lack of oxygen in the blood. Often, this can be caused by an underlying condition that may cause other symptoms.
Symptoms that may occur along with blue lips
Blue lips may accompany other symptoms caused by underlying conditions or due to events that lead to a lack of oxygen in the blood including:
- Bluish discoloration of the fingers and toes
- Fainting or change in level of consciousness or lethargy
- Rapid breathing (tachypnea) or shortness of breath
- Thickening of the tissues beneath the nails (clubbing)
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
In some cases, blue lips may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:
What are blue lips?
Blue lips occur when the skin on the lips takes on a bluish tint or color. This generally is due to either a lack of oxygen in the blood or to extremely cold temperatures. When the skin becomes a bluish color, the symptom is called cyanosis.... Read more about blue lips introduction