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1 March 2018
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Hulk Out?

1 March 2018, Comments 0

With the huge success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), many people have become familiar with some of the franchise’s most popular superheroes. Between Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and the Hulk, the superheroes have captivated moviegoers throughout the globe for the past ten years. With an incredible display of strength and power, the Hulk may be the one character that stands out the most.


Characterized as a large mutant monster with green skin, the Hulk developed his appearance from an exposure to gamma radiation. Although the concept of becoming a large mutant monster may not be feasible in real life, it is in fact possible for the color of skin to turn (or appear) green.

Some ways that skin can do that include:

    Prolonged contact to cheap gold, copper, and certain metals typically found in inexpensive jewelry.

    Exposure to strong chlorine levels in water.

    During the process of bruising there is a stage where the iron in the blood turns green and can become visible through the skin.

    Patients experiencing multiple organ failure may be at risk for unusual pigmentation effects from feeding tube dyes.

    Condition known as gangrene can cause the skin to appear green prior to turning black.

    If you notice your skin pigment changing consult your doctor immediately, as it may be a sign of a more serious medical condition.