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A greenish color of the skin is rare. It is never considered to be normal although it may be caused by veins that are visible through the skin as is seen with conditions like varicose veins especially on the legs. Some people have more visible veins that others, particularly on the face, hands and feet. These veins are more visible in light skinned individuals.
◾Pseudomonas infection of the skin caused by bacteria like Pseudomonas aeruginosa can cause a slightly bluish-green tinge of the skin or green discoloration of an infected nail.
◾Jewelry made of copper or silver, and sometimes certain low grades of gold mixed with other cheaper metals, can cause green discoloration of the skin. The metal is oxidized by acids on the skin surface to discolor the skin underneath it.
originally posted by: Kangaruex4Ewe
I'm digging into this tonight but wanted to say... Great Job!!!
This kind of thing is what ATS is all about IMO. The woo, the mystery, the many unanswered questions, the search for who, what, why, how...
The more realistic theory comes but also the most mundane comes from Paul Harris who put forward his theory in Fortean times 4, which basically states the children were from Flemish immigrants who were persecuted and their parents killed. The children fled into the woods getting lost and disorientated finding themselves wandering through 4000 year old flint mines, eventually ending up in Woolpit.
The strange language and clothes are said to add weight to this thoery and the green skin colour was said to be chlorosis due to malnutrition.
originally posted by: chr0naut
a reply to: Misterlondon
Green skin discoloration can be caused by Pseudomonas bacteria.
Also, Julius Caesar reported that early Britons painted their skin blue with what he called vitrum (which means 'glass'). It is often suggested that it was Woad, but Woad as a dye does not last on the skin and it is too toxic to tattoo. The Picts (or 'painted ones' came from Northern England.
Could be an attempt at survival by some orphan children, by appealing to the curiosity of the wealthy.
originally posted by: ladyinwaiting
I don't have much to add to this mister London, but it's interesting and a nice story. I think I've heard of these children before, but not in such great detail.
3.) The girl said her native land consisted of green skinned people. In cases of Pseudomonas an ENTIRE civilization wouldn't be affected. Not to mention that there are NO cases in history that I've found in which the discoloration affects the entire body.
Hypochromic anemia is a generic term for any type of anemia in which the red blood cells (erythrocytes) are paler than normal. (Hypo- refers to less, and chromic means color.) A normal red blood cell will have an area of pallor in the center of it; it is biconcave disk shaped. In hypochromic cells, this area of central pallor is increased. This decrease in redness is due to a disproportionate reduction of red cell hemoglobin (the pigment that imparts the red color) in proportion to the volume of the cell are red blood cells will also be small (microcytic), leading to substantial overlap with the category of microcytic anemia. The most common causes of this kind of anemia are iron deficiency and thalassemia.
Hypochromic anemia was historically known as chlorosis or green sickness for the distinct skin tinge sometimes present in patients, in addition to more general symptoms such as a lack of energy, shortness of breath, dyspepsia, headaches, a capricious or scanty appetite and amenorrhea.