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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is carotenosis?

Carotenosis is a reversible medical condition which is a result of excess dietary carotenoids (carrots, squash, sweet potato, pumpkin, spinach, beans, breast milk) causing orange discoloration of the skin layer. It may be mistaken for jaundice. In rare cases, carotenosis can result from systemic diseases like diabetes, kidney/ thyroid/ liver disease.

Symptoms of carotenosis

  • Skin or eyes turning yellow

Questions your doctor may ask to check for carotenosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose carotenosis

  • Have you noticed your eyes or skin are turning yellow?

Treatment for carotenosis

Carotenemia is harmless, and does not require treatment. When the use of high quantities of carotene is discontinued or underlying diease is treated, the skin color will return to normal which may take a few months.

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  • Jaundice


  • Nagaoka T. Observation of Skin Color Change by Carotenosis in Hyperlipidemia Patient. Cardiovasc Eng Technol. 2021 Oct;12(5):539-540. doi: 10.1007/s13239-021-00539-6. Epub 2021 May 17. PMID: 34002359.

  • Caroselli C, Bruno G, Manara F. A rare cutaneous case of carotenosis cutis: lycopenaemia. Ann Nutr Metab. 2007;51(6):571-3. doi: 10.1159/000114212. Epub 2008 Jan 28. PMID: 18227626.

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