What disease does the color purple stand for?

Purple, what a majestic shade it is! It’s typically associated with royalty, luxury cars owned by people who clearly have some business to attend to and desperately need all eyes on them during their commute. But did you know purple also represents disease? Wild right? Yes, you read that correctly; little old purple has itself got one or two things going on we didn’t even know about until today.

How Has Purple Become Synonymous With Sickness?

Everyone knows that illnesses are often characterized by identifying symptoms such as red rashes, yellowing skin or blackened limbs (a personal favorite). Yet where does the color purple come into play when considering health and development of diseases? After all – bruises turn purplish-blue (is there anything more soothing than those complimentary colors?) but I’m not talking about simple knocks in this article!

When doctors and medical professionals began using the term “purple,” they were referring to conditions producing purpura. This caught on among practitioners across various physicians’ communities around the world indicating the presence of bleeding beneath someone’s skin. Wowzers.

Types of Diseases That Exhibit Purpura Symptoms

Hemorrhagic Fever

This nasty bugger encompasses several conditions caused by viruses like Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome which can be transmitted through rodents’ urine/faeces/a mere sneeze.


An autoimmune condition whereby our own immune system invades & destroys healthy tissues causing inflammation in blood vessels leading to—guess it?!–you got it—the classic purply blues!

Other examples include:
– Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
– Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Now you see, it’s typically hard for me to want to link a substance abuse issue like codeine cough syrup with anything as innocent and grandioso as the color purple. However, people in some parts of the world seem to think it’s worth doing! But seriously though, “purple drank” or “lean” is not only an addiction but involves two primary ingredients;
– Promethazine (an antihistamine which can cause drowsiness)
– Codeine(clearly has its benefits in moderation but when abused could lead to respiratory distress to name just one effect).

The Color Connection: Why Is It Called ‘Purple Drank’?

Well bear with me here—promethazine combined with fizzy drinks e.g sprite while adding Skittles or Jolly Ranchers sweets which contain colouring agents like violet dye looking purply approximated this shade.

Yes sir/ma’am that seems about right. Blood vessels supply our vital organs with oxygen-rich blood; when these vessels are disrupted they break open resulting in troubled-blood movements causinga clotting response – dare I say sometimes called ‘sludging’ within our smaller pools of veinous system.

More On Purpura Symptoms


These are small spots occurring on skin after bleeding underneath keratin layers due to platelet issues.


While similar sounding eczema by all means isn’t close histologically speaking ecchymoses refer more generally towards bigger lesions including general bruising.

Many variables surround every individual case—but if you ever find yourself looking down at your arms seeing unexplained bruises appearing out of nowhere? Please seek attention because Mother Nature normally tries telling us we’ve pushed her too far!

While there isn’t a condition per se that causes an allergy to the color purple itself, there are certainly some products or substances found in common items that could cause some adverse reactions.

Medications and Dyes

There have been reported cases of individuals reacting poorly to specific types of dyes; i.e Blue number 1 which combined with red number one produce purple.

So these folks probably aren’t technically allergic to the color- it’s simply more about its build up from multiple other chemicals around it! It’s important nonetheless.

Aha yes—another topic concerning ‘dreaded purples’ appears to occur in agricultural circles too. Farmers or cultivators may notice blotches, discoloration surrounding crop outbreaks among orchards etc.; there has been research showing correlation between this phenomenon seen on peaches (to name but one example) resulting from developing gummosis due-to Phytophthora species invasions.


This is a process whereby overproduction of sap results causing significant tissue damage leading towards symptoms similar as those for bacteriosis – including fruit/leaves dropping .

Better book ourselves into horticultural college kids!

Purple Nitrile™ gloves by KC Professional™ goes through several standardized tests prior being packaged up…if manufactured with compromised materials/parts compromising their integrity you could find yourself feeling ever so fashionably ill wearing what people could potentially call “Purpuric gloves”. Talk about trying too hard ey?!

So If I Wear These Gloves Are We Suggesting This Could Cause Illnesses?

Ironically enough if your immune system reacts adversely towards these shoddy goods—it might appear exactly the same as the purples we noted above!

Nitrile Formula Again

Technical Section Enclosed – The formulation breakdowns of these gloves contain various materials accurately mixed to allow for strength and durability but some chemical agents added towards making them purple might end up leaking out causing mild discolorations on different parts of fingers/hands. Don’t worry! There are no health risks linked this cosmetic difference.m

As a matter fact, there is another one…

Purple foods seem to be taking over from green smoothie blends lately; millions rushing daily into grocery stores grabbing purple sweet potatoes, artificially-flavored fruity drinks or even cauliflower—and here in lies your hint;

So Is It True That Drinking Purple Fanta Increases Risk Of Cancer?

Absolutely not, calm yourself down would you?! (We almost had an intervention). Too good to be true right? Good old Internet turns out it isn’t so much thee purple hue itself—but more what lays beneath

Some estimates indicate that drinking high amounts grape fanta works by slightly increasing blood glucose levels; which if someone’s body already struggles regulating may imply managing their insulin response better could go a long way.

All said and done folks—surprisingly enough—purples can come across as disease-causing. At the same time though we must keep in mind that contextually speaking, many examples discussed today only bear faint associations between themselves–prevalence rates among affected individuals vary immensely making it hard for epidemiologists amongst us at times.

Stay safe people- give ‘the purples’ a wide berth wherever necessary! One stiletto step away both physically ill or sporting shin bruises once again!

Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!’

That’s all folks until next time…