Jaundice

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

It is a condition in which the skin, whites of the eyes and mucous membranes turn yellow because of a high level of bilirubin, a yellow-orange bile pigment.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Yellow skin or eyes

Possible causes

  • Cirrhosis of the liver

    A condition where normal liver is permanently damaged and replaced with scar issue. There are many different causes including infections, alcohol abuse and diabetes.

  • 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.

  • Anemia

    Anemia is a disorder in which the body's tissues don't get enough oxygen due to insufficient healthy red blood cells. There are several types anemia with various causes, the most common being iron-deficiency anemia which is a result of insufficient iron. Iron is required to produce haemoglobin, a substance in the red blood cells which help carry oxygen.

  • Candidiasis (oral, hands and feet)
  • Hepatic cancer
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Cholelithiasis

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

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

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Do you have any pain or tingling in the affected areas of the skin?

  • Do you have skin redness?

  • Do you have a fever?

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References

  • Roche SP, Kobos R. Jaundice in the adult patient. Am Fam Physician. 2004 Jan 15;69(2):299-304. PMID: 14765767.

    https://www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2004/0115/p299.html

  • Chee YY, Chung PH, Wong RM, Wong KK. Jaundice in infants and children: causes, diagnosis, and management. Hong Kong Med J. 2018 Jun;24(3):285-292. doi: 10.12809/hkmj187245. Epub 2018 May 21. PMID: 29807950.

    https://www.hkmj.org/abstracts/v24n3/285.htm

  • Pavlovic Markovic A, Stojkovic Lalosevic M, Mijac DD, Milovanovic T, Dragasevic S, Sokic Milutinovic A, Krstic MN. Jaundice as a Diagnostic and Therapeutic Problem: A General Practitioner's Approach. Dig Dis. 2022;40(3):362-369. doi: 10.1159/000517301. Epub 2021 May 20. PMID: 34015787.

    https://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/517301

  • Jaundice

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/jaundice/

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