What's the difference between argyria and methemoglobinemia on how they turn skin color blue?

if you can explain the processes in detail, it would be greatly appreciated ;)

1 Answer

  • lawmed
    Lv 4
    8 years ago
    Best Answer

    Methemoglobinemia Type 1 is a genetic disease causing a deficiency of an enzyme called cytochrome b5 reductase in red blood cells. This leads to a discoloration of the blood causing the bluish skin color.

    Argyria is a condition where, over time, an individual is exposed to any variety of silver compounds with silver being deposited under the skin. The silver particles change color when exposed to sunlight and eventually a blue or bluish color is the result wherever sun and skin meet the most.

    Source(s): 20 year anesthesiology practice
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