What Causes Yellow Skin Color?
Yellow skin color can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose yellow skin color, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "yellow skin color" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities (more below
- Low Progesterone
- Kidney Disease
- Iodine Need
- Infectious Mononucleosis
- Pancreatic Cancer
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
major unexplained weight loss
elevated lymphocyte count
very pale fingernails
low iodine consumption
short-term memory failure
frequent nighttime urination
difficulty conceiving children
pale facial coloring
very fast iodine patch disappearance
... and more than 80 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of yellow skin color:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Skin Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about yellow skin tone:
Does your skin seem to have a more yellowish (jaundiced) tone than previously? It may help to look at untanned areas.
→ Don't know
→ Probably / somewhat
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of yellow skin tone, possibly jaundiced skin or jaundiced skin, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Jaundice also suggests the following possibilities:
Cirrhosis of the Liver
Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin and eyes that occurs when the diseased liver does not process enough bilirubin.
Malaria can cause jaundice through the loss of red blood cells.
Jaundice may be due to blockage of the bile duct from the inflamed pancreas.
... and also rule out issues such as: