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Skin That Is Darker Than It Used to Be Symptoms & Causes

Understand skin that is darker than it used to be symptoms, including 6 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 6 Possible Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

6 Possible Skin That Is Darker Than It Used To Be Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced skin that is darker than it used to be. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Folate (vitamin) deficiency

Folate is also called folic acid or vitamin B9. It is needed to create red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. A shortage of folate leads to a shortage of healthy red blood cells, which is also called anemia.

Folate deficiency can be caused by poor diet; alcohol use; some medications; diseases of the large intestine; and pregnancy, since the growing baby requires folate in larger amounts.

Symptoms include severe fatigue; loss of appetite; diarrhea; paleness; sore tongue; and irritability. The same symptoms can appear in other conditions, especially blood disorders.

Folate deficiency is also a cause of abnormal brain and spine development in a fetus. For these reasons, it is very important to see a medical provider if these symptoms occur.

Diagnosis is made through patient history, physical examination, blood tests, and sometimes digestive tract studies.

Treatment involves immediate supplementation of folate with injections, followed by folate and other vitamin and mineral tablets; improvement in diet; and treating any underlying digestive or blood disorder.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, depressed mood, irritability, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea

Symptoms that never occur with folate (vitamin) deficiency: abdominal swelling

Urgency: Phone call or in-person visit

Acanthosis nigricans

Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition in which areas of dark, velvety discoloration appear in body folds and creases, such as armpits, the groin area, and the neck area. The skin changes of acanthosis nigricans usually occur in people who have diabetes or are obese.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: skin that is darker than it used to be, darkened skin over the neck, constant skin changes

Symptoms that always occur with acanthosis nigricans: skin that is darker than it used to be

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Hemochromatosis

Hemochromatosis is a condition where there is too much iron in the body. Most commonly, this occurs due to faulty genes (usually the HFE gene) in iron regulation. When the disease is due to genetic reasons, it is called Hereditary Hemochromatosis (HH). HH is a lifelong (chronic) disease, while other causes of hemochromatosis — too many blood transfusions, diseases that destroy red blood cells, and taking too many iron supplements — resolve with treatment and time.

Symptoms include liver disease, diabetes, skin discoloration, arthritis, and heart failure. However, if treated, these symptoms can be mostly or completely avoided.

Hemochromatosis can be diagnosed with blood testing. It is treated by medical phlebotomy (bloodletting), chelating agents (metal binders), and a low-iron diet.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), joint pain, decreased sex drive, frequent urination

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Adrenal insufficiency

The adrenal gland's outer layer produces hormones such as cortisol and aldosterone, which control many important functions of the body such as blood sugar and blood pressure regulation, and urine production. In adrenal insufficiency, not enough of these hormones are produced, leading to symptoms such as fatigue and weakness, appetite and weight loss, nausea, and vomiting.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: depressed mood, anxiety, abdominal pain (stomach ache), loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Adrenoleukodystrophy

Adrenoleukodystrophy is an inherited disorder that affects the adrenal glands and the nervous system. It is a rare disorder that affects males, leading to the abnormal buildup of fatty acids in the nervous system and adrenal glands, the glands that produce sex hormones and cortisol. The childhood form (childhood cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy) presents with cognitive and behavioral abnormalities and progresses to profound neurological damage and possibly death. The adult form (adrenomyeloneuropathy) presents primarily with weakness in the legs, sexual dysfunction, and bladder control problems, and progresses slowly over decades.

If untreated, the childhood form of this disorder can result in death or a vegetative state. Stem cell transplants and gene therapy are both promising in preventing neurologic decline in the childhood form of the disease. The adult form progresses more slowly over decades and may also benefit from gene therapy or other support.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, vomiting, hearing loss, general weakness, involuntary defecation

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Fanconi anemia

Fanconi anemia is a genetic disorder of the bone marrow that affects many different organs of the body. The impaired bone marrow fails to produce enough red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. With these shortages, your tissues cannot get enough oxygen, your body cannot properly fight off infection, and your blood cannot clot normally.

You may experience fatigue,(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/cold-intolerance/), increased infections, internal bleeding, birth defects, and developmental problems from the beginning of life.

Treatment plans are often successful and focus on relieving anemia-specific symptoms. Since Fanconi anemia is a chronic inherited condition, there is unfortunately no way to cure it entirely.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: unexplained bruising, skin that is darker than it used to be, developmental delay, slower than normal growth, thumb deformity

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Skin That Is Darker Than It Used To Be

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • What is your body mass?
  • Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Have someone press on the upper right corner of your abdomen (see picture). Does this person feel a large lump coming from under your rib cage?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

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Skin That Is Darker Than It Used To Be Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced skin that is darker than it used to be have also experienced:

  • 8% Black-Colored Skin Changes
  • 6% Dry Skin
  • 5% Fatigue

People who have experienced skin that is darker than it used to be were most often matched with:

  • 37% Acanthosis Nigricans
  • 37% Hemochromatosis
  • 25% Folate (Vitamin) Deficiency

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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