Why does my face look a little pale?

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asked Apr 24, 2023 in Other- Health by Dgoolittle (1,440 points)
Why does my face look a little pale?

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answered Apr 24, 2023 by Ratpleased (2,980 points)
When your face looks a little pale it can be caused by an iron or other nutritional deficiency, blood loss, blood cancer such as Leukemia or low blood pressure or an infection.

Most times the face or skin being a little pale is nothing to worry about and is usually a result in a drop in blood pressure that should resolve itself.

However if the skin continues to get pale and does not return to normal within a few days it's best to see a doctor about it just to be safe.

Also exposure to cold weather or being frightened or a lack of sun exposure cna lead to pale skin and a pale face.

Anemia does sometimes make your skin white or pale in color as a result of lack of hemoglobin in red blood cells and a lack of red blood cells.

When the numbers of red blood cells become restricted then not enough of the red blood cells reach the surface of the skin which results in pale or white skin.

People go pale when they lose blood as a result of a lack of oxygen and nutrients in the blood getting to the skin which causes paleness.

Losing blood makes you look pale as less blood flow to the skin means the skin is not getting enough oxygen and nutrients it requires.

Pale skin can also be a sign that you have a shortage of your normal red blood cells which is known as anemia which means that less oxygen is delivered to the body.

The anemia condition can be a result of blood loss, blood cancer, leukemia or a nutritional deficiency.

Most of the time, nearly all red blood cells in the arteries carry a full supply of oxygen.

These blood cells are bright red and the skin is pinkish or red.

Blood that has lost its oxygen is dark bluish-red.

People whose blood is low in oxygen tend to have a bluish color to their skin.

Low blood pressure can cause pale face as the low blood pressure prevents the skin from getting enough oxygen and nutrients so the face and other parts of the skin could turn pale.

Skin signs of low blood pressure are cold and sweaty skin, pale skin and or a blue skin tone because the skin is not getting enough oxygen rich blood.

Other signs of low blood pressure are rapid breathing and a weak or rapid pulse and if your blood pressure does drop too low then your body's vital organs won't get enough oxygen and nutrients and when that happens the low blood pressure can lead to shock and requires immediate medical attention.

The signs of having low blood pressure include fainting, confusion, feeling weak, blurred vision, feeling sick, dizziness and lightheadedness.

Lack of concentration and cold and clammy, pale skin and nausea, unusual thirst and dehydration are also signs of low blood pressure.

Hypotension is abnormally low blood pressure (lower than 90/60 mm Hg).

If your blood pressure gets too low, it can cause dizziness, fainting or death.

Low blood pressure is not a condition that is usually treated except if it occurs in the elderly or occurs suddenly.

Having low blood pressure can cause a stroke as well as a heart attack because when you have a drop in blood pressure it means not enough oxygen rich blood is getting to your brain and other vital organs which is what leads to a stroke or heart attack.

The 10 signs of having low blood pressure are.

Dizziness and lightheadedness.
Weak and rapid pulse.
Rapid and shallow breathing.
Decrease in skin coloration.
Cold Clammy Skin.

The ideal blood pressure by age is.

Adolescent (14–18 years)    90–120    50–80

Adult (19–40 years)    95–135    60–80

Adult (41–60 years)    110–145    70–90

Older adult (61 and older)    95–145    70–90

Normal blood pressure for young people and sometimes older people is (<120/80 mm Hg) although it can vary.

The time of the day that your blood pressure is the highest is 12:00 PM which is midday.

During the evening your blood pressure lowers and at night when sleeping your blood pressure lowers then by morning your blood pressure starts to rise again and gets at it's highest by 12:00 PM or midday.

High blood pressure is caused by stress, anxiety, dehydration, smoking, being overweight, obesity, older age, genetics, too much alcohol consumption, lack of physical activity and eating too much salt and fat.

Bananas and beets are foods that help lower blood pressure immediately.

Vegetables that are good for lowering blood pressure are beets, beet greens, spinach, collard greens, kale, turnip greens, arugula and Romaine Lettuce.

The drinks that are best for lowering high blood pressure are water,  tea, skim milk, berry juice, beet juice, tomato juice and Pomegranate juice.

Drinking water does help to lower your blood pressure.

When you're dehydrated your blood pressure can rise and by hydrating yourself with water your blood pressure can lower.

Drinking water regularly and staying hydrated helps to keep your blood pressure lowered and regulated at normal levels as well.

You can eat bananas on blood pressure medication but you should not eat more than 1 or 2 bananas while on blood pressure medication.

Too many bananas could interfere with some blood pressure medications and heart disease or heart failure medication.

Eating bananas is not bad for high blood pressure as bananas can help to lower and regulate your blood pressure.

However bananas can sometimes interfere with some blood pressure medications and heart failure medicines but bananas themselves are healthy when you have high blood pressure.

Bananas can lower blood pressure quickly due to the high potassium levels in the bananas.

According to research studies, two bananas a day for a week can reduce your blood pressure by 10 percent.

Consult your doctor before including bananas in your diet if you suffer from any other health complications.

Bananas are good for high blood pressure as the potassium in bananas helps to naturally lower your blood pressure.

Potassium reduces the effect of sodium on the body.

Hence, eating bananas lower blood pressure due to their high potassium content.

You can try eating 2 bananas per day for one week which may reduce your blood pressure by 10%.

You should not eat bananas for dinner as they may not digest properly at night.

The amount of bananas that will kill you is at least 400 or more bananas.

You would have to eat least 400 bananas or more before it came to the point of killing you.

It's recommended that you should not eat bananas for dinner or after dinner.

Bananas are best eaten before lunch or in the morning or throughout the day as a snack.

You can consume bananas in the morning along with other breakfast foods.

However, you should avoid eating them on an empty stomach.

Eating bananas at night should also be avoided if you have cough, cold, or breathing problems.

For most people eating more than 5 bananas a day is considered too much.

However you can eat more than 5 bananas in a day and be healthy and okay.

In order to get too much potassium from bananas you would most likely need to eat around 400 or more bananas in a day for it to be a problem.

You'd most likely get a stomach ache and diarrhea from eating more than 20 bananas in a day before it became a problem.

So you should eat as many bananas as you want too in a day and you'll be fine.

Practicing moderation is the best way to reap the most benefits from bananas. One to two bananas per day is likely alright for most healthy people.

Make sure your diet is balanced by also including other foods that provide the nutrients that bananas lack.

While banana makes a good snack, consuming more than two bananas can definitely pack up more than 300 calories.

Therefore, it is better to stick to only two bananas, if you are not eating any other fruit through the day.

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