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Dark colored arms

  • By Jema

    Hello. I was just curious if dark arm coloring is part of COPD. My boyfriend has end stage COPD and his arms and basically skin all over looks terrible. His arms look dark purple with red blotches that are slightly raised on both arms and bruised looking on top of hands. His skin is so dry and red and legs flake something terrible. He is not on steroids or blood thinners (he was 2rs ago when he had blood clots in lungs and leg and was 1st diagnosed). He doesn’t use his oxygen anymore just inhalers. Is this part of COPD and oxygen levels? Thank you in advance.

  • By nanreyn

    My SO has end stage and has had dark bruises on his arms for quite a while. His skin is so thin that the slightest bump will cause a new bruise spot. I have heard that is just another part of the COPD disease.

  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    Hi Jema and Nanreyn and thanks for your posts. Since both of you have inquired about similar situations, my comments will be geared towards that topic. Others in our online community have spoken about bruise / bruisings they experience with COPD. I thought each of you might find this article on that very topic will make both interesting and informative reading: In addition, you may find this article sheds a bit more light on the subject:
    Of course you may also want to address these issues with your boyfriend/SO’s physician.

    Please do check back with us and let us know how you’re doing dealing with this.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)