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.
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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
- Liver Congestion
- Gallbladder Disease
- Iodine Need
- Infectious Mononucleosis
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Cirrhosis Of The Liver
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:
slightly jaundiced eyes
positive results from coffee enemas
current exposure to solvents
meal-induced pain for under a week
history of CFS diagnosis
having non-problematic gallstones
low iodine consumption
recent onset fatigue
very great unexplained weight loss
elevated liver enzymes
... and more than 110 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:
|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-Related 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.
The gallbladder releases bile into the small intestines through a tube called the cystic duct, which connects to the bile duct. When gallstones are obstructing these ducts, bile builds up in the gallbladder and increases the concentration of a yellowish substance called bilirubin in the blood, causing a yellowing of the skin known as jaundice.
Jaundice is a yellow discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes caused by increased amounts of bilirubin in the bloodstream. High levels of bilirubin my be excreted by the kidneys in response to inflammation of the liver cells caused by hepatitis.
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:
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