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I arrived at 6400 feet altitude a couple of days ago. Today

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I arrived at 6400 feet altitude a couple of days ago. Today I have a bruise overlapping my lip, about the size of a baby fingernail. My husband has developed a similar bruise on his upper lip. Is this caused by high altitude??
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: No medications. I have not seen a doctor. I'm 60. Totally healthy. Normal blood pressure.
JA: In general, how has your health been lately?
Customer: Very healthy. I'm 5'6 and weigh 128 lbs.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 7 months ago.

Hello! My name is***** to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with the reply momentarily.

Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 7 months ago.

Could you please post a photo?

Are you or your husband taking medicines like aspirin?

Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 7 months ago.

It seems you are offline, so I am writing you the answer. You may ask follow up questions after reading it.

Some people may develop bluish discoloration of the lips and skin. This is due to more production of the red blood cells by the body due to relative lack of oxygen. This is physiological change. Please see this authentic reference resource and read under the heading (which is highlighted under the Diagnosis), "Chronic mountain sickness."

http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/injuries-and-poisoning/altitude-diseases/altitude-diseases

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