Hypoxia refers to a condition in which oxygen levels are too low.
Signs and symptoms of hypoxia vary according to the severity of the condition and whether it arises suddenly or comes on gradually over time. Associated signs and symptoms can include
- shortness of breath,
- fast heartbeat,
- confusion, and a
- bluish color (cyanosis) in the skin, fingernails, and lips.
Causes of hypoxia
There are many possible causes of hypoxia, including environmental conditions with low oxygen (like high altitude), lung diseases (including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, pneumothorax), heart diseases (including arrhythmia, heart defects, or heart attack), drowning, chemical or gas poisoning, trauma or injury, certain medications that reduce the rate of breathing, and anemia or conditions that destroy red blood cells.
Other hypoxia symptoms and signs
- Bluish Color (Cyanosis) in the Skin, Fingernails, and Lips
- Fast Heartbeat
- Shortness of Breath
Main Article on Hypoxia Symptoms and Signs
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