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
- Infectious Mononucleosis
- Kidney Disease
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Hemolytic Anemia
- Cirrhosis Of The Liver
- Low Progesterone
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:
infrequent daytime urination
frequent unexplained nausea
high cigarette smoke sensitivity
recent loss/regaining of appetite
having hot flashes
suspected liver cirrhosis
dark areas under eyes
sickle cell trait
moderate unexplained fevers
... 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:
|Sickle Cell Disease
|Cirrhosis Of The Liver
* 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:
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
|Malaria can cause jaundice through the loss of red blood cells.|Pancreatitis
|Jaundice may be due to blockage of the bile duct from the inflamed pancreas.|
... and also rule out issues such as: