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Jaundice

Yellow eyes - a common symptom of jaundice

Jaundice is the abnormal accumulation of the pigment bilirubin in the blood. This results in a change in pigmentation of the skin, the whites of the eyes and other symptoms.

Symptoms

The symptoms may include extreme weakness, fever, a headache, loss of appetite, severe constipation with light colored stools and nausea. The most noticeable symptom is the expected yellowing of the skin, the whites of the eyes and sometimes of the tongue. The urine may appear extremely concentrated.

Causes

Jaundice may be caused by an obstruction in the bile ducts. When this happens, the bile mixes with the blood and the pigment gets to the skin, causing the yellowing that is associated with this ailment. The obstruction could be due to inflammation of the liver or gallstones. Other causes may be traced to acute hepatitis, hemolytic anemia, other liver diseases and tuberculosis. Newborns often develop yellowing of the skin as their bodies try to adapt to life outside the womb. It is thought to be caused by the liver trying to break down excess red blood cells, which releases a slightly larger than normal amount of bilirubin, or the pigment that causes the yellowing of the skin, into the bloodstream.

Cautions

A severe bout can lead to complications like kernicterus. If the problem does not seem to be getting any better and symptoms worsen, seek medical attention.

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