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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Skin That Is Darker Than It Used to Be

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced skin that is darker than it used to be. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Folate (Vitamin) Deficiency

    Folic acid (folate) is a vitamin that is needed to make new cells in the body, including red blood cells which carry oxygen through the blood and into various tissues throughout the body. Folate deficiency refers to a condition when there is not enough folic acid in the body, and can lead to symptoms such as tiredness, low energy, faintness, and difficulty breathing.

    People recover with no long-term effects within weeks.

    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
  2. 2.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.

    Varies

    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
  3. 3.Hemochromatosis

    Hemochromatosis is a disease in which too much iron builds up in the body. This can be hereditary or caused by another condition like liver failure.

    Lifelong

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), joint pain, decreased sex drive, frequent urination
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.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.

    Adrenal insufficiency is a chronic condition that requires lifelong management, and can be fatal if not treated.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    depressed mood, anxiety, abdominal pain (stomach ache), loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Adrenoleukodystrophy

    Adrenoleukodystrophy describes a family of closely related inherited disorders of fat metabolism. It is a condition that is passed down from parent to child and affects mostly males. People affected with the disease cannot break down certain large fats, which accumulate in the nervous system, adrenal gland, and testes as a result, disrupting normal activity.

    Adrenoleukodystrophy is a chronic genetic disease that requires lifelong management.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, vomiting, hearing loss, general weakness, involuntary defecation
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Fanconi Anemia

    Anemia is the lack of blood cells. Bone marrow is responsible for producing red cells, white cells, and platelets, and sometimes, the bone marrow can not work.

    Uncertain

    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

  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.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?

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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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