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Your Pale Arms May Also be Known as:
Arm looks white
Pale skin on arm
Paleness on arm

Top 10 Pale Arms Causes

  1. 1.Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is the compression of the nerves and/or blood vessels that run through the upper chest. It can occur as a result of trauma, surgery, growths in the body, or just randomly.

    You should seek medical care soon to determine whether the compression is of the nerve or the blood vessels. You may need imaging using x-rays, CTs of the blood streams, or MRIs. Treatment depends on the extent of the injury, but usually includes physical therapy. Surgical treatment may be required if a blood vessel is compressed.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one shoulder, spontaneous shoulder pain, arm weakness, pain in one shoulder blade, arm numbness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Atrophic Vaginitis

    Atrophic vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina and surrounding structures. It is caused by decreased levels of estrogen which causes the endometrial and vaginal lining to thin and vaginal pH to increase, causing symptoms like dryness, burning, and itching.

    You should speak with your physician to discuss symptoms and treatment options. Treatment may include estrogen replacement, moisturizers, and lubricants.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, vaginal itch or burning, painful sex, bleeding after sex
    Symptoms that always occur with atrophic vaginitis:
    hidden: menarche status: perimenopausal or postmenopausal
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Lipoma

    A lipoma is a noncancerous growth of fatty tissue cells. A lipoma can develop in almost any organ of the body although they are most commonly found in the subcutaneous layer just below the skin.

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign; however, if the lesion changes at all, a doctor should be consulted. If you would like it removed, a doctor can cut, freeze, or burn it off.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored forearm bump, marble sized forearm lump, small forearm lump
    Symptoms that always occur with lipoma:
    skin-colored forearm bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  4. 4.Idiopathic Pulmonary Hemosiderosis

    Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis is a rare disease found primarily in children that causes recurrent episodes of bleeding in the lungs. Recurrent lung bleeding may eventually produce scarring of the lungs.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER, where diagnosis by blood tests, analysis of your phlegm, amongst others. Treatment involves supplying oxygen, transfusing blood (if necessary), and making sure you can breathe properly.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, shortness of breath, fever, wheezing, dry cough
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  5. 5.Brachial Plexopathy

    The brachial plexus is a complex nerve network located in the upper chest deep to the collar bone, which supplies the shoulder, arm, forearm, and hand. Damage to the brachial plexus is usually due to mechanical injury or trauma, and can interfere with normal nerve function causing numbness, pain, and/or weakness.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss these symptoms. It is likely the doctor will perform a thorough physical exam, and in many cases refer you to a specialist, physical therapist, or both. A professional evaluation is very important, as surgical treatment might be required for a brachial plexus nerve injury.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one arm, shoulder pain that shoots to the arm, arm weakness, numbness in one arm, shoulder pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Intraventricular Hemorrhage of Infancy

    Bleeding into the brain can happen as an infant, especially in premature babies.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER, where an ultrasound of your head would reveal the bleed. Treatment includes medication to reduce pressure in the brain.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    feeling confused and not making sense while talking, stopped breathing (apnea), shortness of breath, developmental delay, pale skin all over
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.Forearm Wart

    Warts are non-serious skin growths caused by a virus that infects the top layer of the skin. They are contagious.

    You can try several over-the-counter treatments, including salicylic acid and cryotherapy (freezing). Most warts go away on their own, but less so in adults.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored forearm bump, painless forearm lump, small forearm lump, scaly forearm bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  8. 8.Condition Causing Abnormal, High - Pitched Breathing

    High-pitched inhaling is called stridor, and requires urgent referral to the ER to see why it's happening

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    high-pitched breathing, severe pelvis pain, arm weakness, chest pain, loss of vision
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  9. 9.Chlamydia Infection

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread through unprotected sex. Each year, over 1 million Americans are diagnosed with this STD.

    You should visit a physician to confirm the diagnosis where an antibiotic will be prescribed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, sudden urgency to urinate, bleeding after sex, heavy menstrual flow
    Symptoms that never occur with chlamydia infection:
    improving vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Hyperparathyroidism

    Hyperparathyroidism is a disorder in which the parathyroid glands in the neck are overactive and produce too much parathyroid hormone (PTH). This hormone causes calcium to be released from bones and into the blood.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will likely coordinate care with a specialist. Hyperparathyroidism is usually treated with surgery that involves removing the glands to make sure your blood calcium levels remain normal.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, abdominal pain (stomach ache), irritability, nausea or vomiting
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pale Arms

  • Q.How long has your whole arm been unusually pale?
  • Q.Have you lost your appetite recently?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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Pale Arms Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pale arms have also experienced:

    • 20% Deep Groves in the Tongue
    • 20% Weight Gain
    • 20% Joint Pain
  • People who have experienced pale arms had symptoms persist for:

    • 50% Over a Month
    • 25% Less Than a Week
    • 25% One to Two Weeks
  • People who have experienced pale arms were most often matched with:

    • 11% Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
    • 11% Atrophic Vaginitis
    • 11% Lipoma

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