Yellow Skin Tone

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):
  • Malaria
  • Liver Congestion
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Iodine Need
  • Low Progesterone
  • Hemolytic Anemia
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Pancreatitis

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:
history of ovarian cysts
onion intolerance
abdominal pain after fat consumption
processed meat consumption
constant slight bloating
oily/sticky stools
low alcohol consumption
sickness caused by wine
non-human estrogen use
dark urine color
pre/menstrual depression
positive results from coffee enemas
... and more than 90 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:
Cause Probability Status
Liver Congestion 97% Confirm
Iodine Need 23% Unlikely
Pancreatic Cancer 23% Unlikely
Pancreatitis 2% Ruled out
Hemolytic Anemia 1% Ruled out
Low Progesterone 0% Ruled out
Gallbladder Disease 0% Ruled out
Malaria 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ 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.
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Probably / somewhat
→ Definitely
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:
Iodine Requirement

Hypothyroidism can manifest as dry or scaly or yellowish skin.


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.

Vitamin B12 Requirement

Pale skin, often with a lemon tint, can be a sign of B12 deficiency.

... and also rule out issues such as: