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Yellowing of the Skin/Eyes in Illinois

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The yellowing of the eyes and skin is called jaundice. In adults, this could be caused by liver conditions, a bile duct obstruction, or cholecystitis (redness and swelling in the gallbladder). The eyes and skin turn yellow because there are high amounts of bilirubin in the blood. This can also affect newborns if their livers are underdeveloped and cannot remove the bilirubin quickly enough. At GI Alliance of Illinois, our team can help identify the cause of this condition. If you want more details on what leads to yellow-colored eyes and skin and why it happens, request a consultation with our Chicago, Hinsdale, Bloomington, or Peoria gastrointestinal providers.

Even though this issue is typically associated with liver dysfunction, this problem could also be caused by an inherited blood condition known as thalassemia. Thalassemia is a condition where your body produces a low level of hemoglobin. Yellow-colored eyes and skin can also be a sign of these conditions:

  • Cirrhosis
  • Blocked bile ducts
  • Cancer of the liver
  • Hepatitis D and A
  • Infection
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Alcohol-related liver conditions
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Cancer of the pancreas
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Hepatitis B, C, and E

If the yellowing of the eyes and skin is caused by an infection, patients could also experience fever, chills, stomach pain, flu-like symptoms, dark-colored urine, and clay-colored stool. If the yellow color is not due to an infection, patients could experience weight loss or uncomfortable skin. Our specialists can assess the cause of this concern and offer the correct care you need to resolve yellow-colored eyes or skin in Illinois patients.

Yellow coloring of the skin and eyes is usually a sign of an underlying medical issue. It could indicate a problem in the liver, pancreas, or gallbladder. Time is of the essence; it is important to get treatments as soon as you notice the yellow color. Treatment for yellow-colored eyes and skin will depend on the underlying cause. For example, if a person has acute viral hepatitis, the yellowish shade will return to normal by itself as the liver starts to improve. But, when a clogged bile duct is at fault, surgery may be needed. If you want to find out additional information about the causes and treatments for yellow-colored skin and eyes, we encourage you to request a consultation with a GI specialist at a GI Alliance of Illinois location near you. They will walk you through your treatment options and recommend what is best for you.

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If you've noticed yellow-colored eyes or skin, it is vital you get the issues evaluated because it is usually a sign of a larger issue. Reach out to the experienced digestive health providers at GI Alliance of Illinois to request a consultation. Our experts in Illinois look forward to finding the best treatment for you.

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