Is Yellow Skin something to be concerned abut ?

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   Posted 1/29/2015 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone ,

I have been active on the Anxiety forum here for some time now and it has helped me alot .

I wasnt sure which sub forum would be best for this question so I hope this is the correct place , if not , then can a Mod move this thread to the proper place . Thanks

My sister who is 18 years old , we are European , and the past few years she has had a yellow colored skin tone , her hands and feet are a yellowish / orange color . Recently we got a new family docotor and he wanted her to do a blood / urine test because of her skin color , he didnt say anything if serious or not .

My sister has this skin tone color for most of her life I would say , and never had any problems , her eyes are perfectly fine , no yellow eyes . And she drinks Alot of carrot / apple / banana juice , would this be the cause ?

She hasnt done the blood / urine test yet because she was busy with school and she told me shes worried abit , I guess the doctor might of scared her when he brought up her skin .

Is this something to be worried about or is it normal ?

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   Posted 1/29/2015 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I have heard that drinking carrot juice, or eating a lot of carrots or sweet potatoes can cause the skin to turn yellow/orangish. And I know it happens to babies who eat a lot of carrots and sweet potatoes too. I hope it's as simple as that!

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   Posted 1/30/2015 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
The carrots can definately turn skin yellow/orange if you eat enough of them. No doubt the doctor just wants to make sure it isn't anything else. May just be a simple as reducing amount of carrot/juice she consumes. Tell her not to worry and to go and get those tests done, if only to put her mind at rest. My friend turned a lovely orangey hue when she went on some faddy juice diet and was getting through bags of carrots a day. Looked like she had had a really bad fake tan job done on her, soon disappeared when she went back to a normal diet.
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   Posted 2/3/2015 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Yellowing of the skin; also know as being jaundice, can be a sign of liver issues. Usually if you are jaundice the whites of your eyes will also have a yellowish tint to them. I know this because I was jaundice and it was caused by a gallstone being lodged in the liver duct. This can be determined by a blood test so that is probably why he's ordered it.
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