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Question #4815 posted on 04/10/2004 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Why do some people's face's turn whitish/ greenish when they get sick?
- A wife's question

A: Dear Wife,

When you're having stomach problems, a lot of blood tends to go to your abdominal area in an attempt to promote quicker healing. When a large portion of your blood leaves your head, it leaves you looking very pale. Since skin's natural tone is usually a light yellow (without blood vessels, which add a slightly more rosy color), you appear slightly "whitish/yellow." The remaining blood-deprived blue veins in your face combine with the yellowish hue of your skin, and give you a pale greenish color.