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Your Yellow Palms, Soles, or Folds of Skin May Also be Known as:
Yellow face
Yellow feet

Top 3 Yellow Palms, Soles, or Folds of Skin Causes

  1. 1.Folate (Vitamin) Deficiency

    Folic acid (folate) is a vitamin that is needed to make new cells in the body, including red blood cells which carry oxygen through the blood and into various tissues throughout the body. Folate deficiency refers to a condition when there is not enough folic acid in the body, and can lead to symptoms such as tiredness, low energy, faintness, and difficulty breathing.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own by taking a tablet of folic acid (folate) each day. Folic acid is also naturally occurring in foods such as spinach, sprouts, broccoli, green beans, peas, chickpeas, brown rice, kidney, liver, and potatoes. Eating more of these foods can help with symptoms as well.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, nausea or vomiting, irritability, diarrhea
    Symptoms that never occur with folate (vitamin) deficiency:
    abdominal swelling
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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  2. 2.Hereditary Spherocytosis

    Hereditary spherocytosis is a condition that affects red blood cells. People with this condition typically experience a shortage of red blood cells (anemia), yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice), and an enlarged spleen (splenomegaly).

    You should visit your primary care physician, where blood tests can confirm the diagnosis. Treatment is typically supportive, and there's no defined level after which a blood transfusion is needed.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), fever, general abdominal pain, yellow skin (jaundice)
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Chronic Hepatitis c

    Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) that is carried in human blood. It spreads through contact with infected blood, such as through infected needles, toothbrushes, or razors, through unprotected sex with an infected person, and from mother to baby during childbirth.

    You should schedule a visit with a doctor to discuss your symptoms and possible treatments.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, muscle aches, loss of appetite, joint pain
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic hepatitis c:
    pain in the lower right abdomen, pain in the lower left abdomen, pain in the upper left abdomen, pain around the belly button
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Yellow Palms, Soles, or Folds of Skin

  • Q.Do or did you suffer from alcohol abuse?
  • Q.Have someone press on the upper right corner of your abdomen (see picture). Does this person feel a large lump coming from under your rib cage?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Is your mouth very dry?

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Yellow Palms, Soles, or Folds of Skin Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced yellow palms, soles, or folds of skin were most often matched with:

    • 33% Folate (Vitamin) Deficiency
    • 33% Hereditary Spherocytosis
    • 33% Chronic Hepatitis c

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