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9 Potential Yellow Skin (Jaundice) Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.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.

    Hepatitis C is a chronic infection and without treatment the effect on life expectancy is difficult to predict.

    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
  2. 2.Mononucleosis Infection

    EBV Mononucleosis is a clinical syndrome characterized by fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes.

    2-3 weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, abdominal pain (stomach ache), cough
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Pain Crisis Caused by Sickle Cell Anemia

    Pain crises are the hallmark of Sickle cell disease and cause excruciating pain. They are caused by a blocked blood vessel. On average, a person with Sickle cell disease will have one serious episode each year.

    For pain crises, the goal of in-hospital pain management is to control the pain within 60 minutes.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    severe abdominal pain, yellow skin (jaundice), pale skin all over, severe pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Chronic Gallstones

    Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder. Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver.

    Curable with surgical treatment, but not necessary unless symptoms begin

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, loss of appetite, unintentional weight loss, vomiting, pain in the upper right abdomen
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Gallstones

    Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder. Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver.

    Curable with surgical treatment, but not necessary unless symptoms begin

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, loss of appetite, pain in the upper right abdomen, vomiting
    Symptoms that always occur with gallstones:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache)
    Symptoms that never occur with gallstones:
    abdominal pain that improves after passing stools
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.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).

    Life long

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), fever, general abdominal pain, yellow skin (jaundice)
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Intestinal Worm (Ascaris) Infection

    Infection with a worm of the species Ascaris lumbricoides, also known as large common roundworm, causes a condition called Ascariasis. It is related to poor personal hygiene and poor sanitation. Persons who live in places where human feces are used as fertilizer are also at risk of this disease.

    Should resolve within a week with proper treatment. Re-examine stool in 3 weeks to confirm elimination of worms.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation, fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Uterine Fibroids

    Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the uterus. They are common in women of childbearing age.

    Treatment ranges from medication to surgical removal of the fibroid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), painful periods, irregular period
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Liver Cancer

    Liver neoplasm is a disorder of the liver. The liver is essential to metabolic processes and is responsible for filtering and cleaning blood.

    The treatment & prognosis for liver neoplasm vary and are dependent on the disease severity.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Yellow Skin (Jaundice)

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you lost your appetite recently?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

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Yellow Skin (Jaundice) Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced yellow skin (jaundice) have also experienced:

    • 7% Fatigue
    • 5% Nausea
    • 4% Yellow - Tinged Whites of the Eyes
  • People who have experienced yellow skin (jaundice) were most often matched with:

    • 24% Chronic Hepatitis c
    • 8% Mononucleosis Infection
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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