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Top 9 Yellow Skin (Jaundice) Causes

  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.

    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
  2. 2.Mononucleosis Infection

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

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. Diagnosis is confirmed by looking for antibodies against EBV. Treatment involves supportive care (hydration, antipyretics, and analgesics, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen). Aspirin should not be given to children because of the possibility of Reye syndrome. It is also recommended that you do not do any strenuous physical activity and contact sports in the initial 3 to 4 weeks of illness due to the potential for splenic rupture.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, abdominal pain (stomach ache), cough
    Symptoms that never occur with mononucleosis infection:
    rectal bleeding
    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.

    Visit an emergency room for pain management.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    severe abdominal pain, yellow skin (jaundice), severe pain, pale skin all over
    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.

    You should visit your primary care physician to speak about your pain. Your doctor would perform an ultrasound to recognize something going on in your gallbladder.

    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.

    You should visit your primary care physician to speak about your pain. Your doctor would perform an ultrasound to recognize something going on in your gallbladder.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, pain in the upper right abdomen
    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).

    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
  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.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. Ascariasis is diagnosed by having your doctor look at your stool, and if the diagnosis is confirmed, they will prescribe a medication that kills the worms.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation, fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Gall Bladder Infection (Cholecystitis)

    Cholecystitis is the inflammation of the gallbladder. The gallbladder holds bile (a digestive juice). Gallstones can form when the bile gets thick, and these stones can block up the gallbladder and cause inflammation.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER, where an ultrasound of your abdomen and blood tests would confirm a diagnosis. Not seeking care may lead to the gallbladder bursting and causing a deadly infection in the abdomen.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation
    Symptoms that always occur with gall bladder infection (cholecystitis):
    abdominal pain (stomach ache)
    Symptoms that never occur with gall bladder infection (cholecystitis):
    pain in the upper left abdomen, pain in the lower left abdomen
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  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.

    You should schedule a visit with your primary care physician (PCP). It is likely imaging will be performed as well as blood tests to inform next steps.

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Yellow Skin (Jaundice)

  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you lost your appetite recently?
  • 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:

    • 9% Fatigue
    • 5% Fever
    • 4% Loss of Appetite
  • People who have experienced yellow skin (jaundice) were most often matched with:

    • 16% Chronic Hepatitis c
    • 1% Mononucleosis Infection

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