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Are yellow eyes always a sign of some liver problems?

Are yellow eyes always a sign of some liver problems?

Yes if new: Some people have a slightly yellowish tint to the whites of their eyes but this is constant and life long. If you have newly acquired yellowing it is almost always due to liver dysfunction with the accumulation of bilirubin in the tissues including the whites of the eyes. Your gastroenterologist should be consulted as soon as possible.

Dr. Patricia Foster
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Are yellow eyes always a sign of liver?

Are yellow eyes always a sign of liver?

No: Jaundice (yellow eyes) is most commonly associated with liver disease but can be seen with other disease as well. The most common in adults would be hemolysis.

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My family say that I shouldn't visit a doctor for mild yellow eyes they believe liver problems have no medication only watching diet. are they right?

My family say that I shouldn't visit a doctor for mild yellow eyes  they believe liver problems have no medication only watching diet. are they right?

No, see doctor: Jaundice and liver irritation can be caused by many things including medications and very serious liver infections. You need to see a physician to get a correct diagnosis and possible treatment. Minocycline can cause liver irritation and if you are taking this regularly you would need to discontinue it and see your physician,

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What liver disease causes yellow eyes?

What liver disease causes yellow eyes?

Many: Almost any liver issue can ultimately include jaundice or yellow eyes. This would include biliary obstruction, hepatitis, and cirrhosis to name a few broad areas.

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Bilrubin total 2.6- conjugated 1.1 and un-conjugated 1.5......Only yellow eyes but no other issues. Same report of liver since most of years.What to d?

Bilrubin total 2.6- conjugated 1.1 and un-conjugated 1.5......Only yellow eyes but no other issues. Same report of liver since most of years.What to d?

Consider a consult: I suspect you have dubin-johnson or something similar and can leave it alone, especially if you feel well and have normal transaminases (sgot / sgpt).

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I have yellow rings around my mouth and hands/feet are yellow (eyes aren't and liver enzymes normal) what could this be?

I have yellow rings around my mouth and hands/feet are yellow (eyes aren't and liver enzymes normal) what could this be?

Carotenemia: Infants who take an excessive amount of so called "yellow vegetables" such as sweet potato, carrot, and tomato develop yellow stain over their palms, soles, and face especially around the nose. Harmless!

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My family member lives in Africa and she has had yellow eyes for a long time could liver dis. Or jaundice be a possibility. Any eye drop recommended?

My family member lives in Africa and she has had yellow eyes for a long time could liver dis. Or jaundice be a possibility. Any eye drop recommended?

Yes.No: Yes, liver disease causes scleral icterus, or yellow eye. They should have their liver enzymes and billirubin checked. There are no drops that will get rid of the yellow tint.

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Sever pain in the upper left side abdomen plus yellow eyes?

Sever pain in the upper left side abdomen plus yellow eyes?

Jaundice: You are describing pain in the area of the liver plus jaundice from a sick liver. You most likely have liver disease - infectious, chronic, etc. You should see a GI specialist with an interest in liver disease (hepatologist). You may also be infectious and might need to isolate yourself in some way to avoid spreading infectious hepatitis. Get evaluated right away.

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Pain in upper left quadrant of abdomen, bloodshot eyes, slightly tinted yellow eyes. What are these symptoms of?

Pain in upper left quadrant of abdomen, bloodshot eyes, slightly tinted yellow eyes. What are these symptoms of?

See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it.

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Pain cetre chest & back - abdomen pain both sides, feeling food stuck chest / throat. slightly yellow eyes. GP says leave & go bk in month. Worried?

Pain cetre chest & back - abdomen pain both sides, feeling food stuck chest / throat.  slightly yellow eyes. GP says leave & go bk in month. Worried?

Sounds like you: should seek a second opinion. Unfortunately we can't examine you over the internet. Find another local health care provider who can fully evaluate you with a thorough history, physical exam and blood work.

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What condition could result in kidney problems with yellow eyes?

What condition could result in kidney problems with yellow eyes?

Many, such as TTP.: There are many causes for both kidney problems and for jaundice, which appears as yellowing of the eyes. One more rare entity that can cause both is a condition called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, or ttp. Here, jaundice is caused by the destruction of red blood cells, and often occurs with kidney dysfunction. A more severe form is called hemolytic-uremic syndrome.

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Is yellow eyes a sign of eye infection?

Liver disease: Yellow eyes or jaundice can be a sign of liver disease. See your family doc right away.

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Can yellow eyes and dark urine be a sign of jaundice?

Can yellow eyes and dark urine be a sign of jaundice?

Yes: Certainly the presence of yellow eyes and dark urine are suggestive, but not diagnostic of, jaundice. Anyone having these findings should quickly seek medical evaluation to identify the possible causes.

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I have a stubborn friend showing sure signs of jaundice. Yellow eyes, skin, vomiting and other flu symptoms. I say go to er. Am i right?

I have a stubborn friend showing sure signs of jaundice. Yellow eyes, skin, vomiting and other flu symptoms. I say go to er. Am i right?

Jaundiced?: His/her symptoms, when considered together, suggest early onset jaundice due to a liver problem, bile duct/gallbladder problem, or pancreatic disease. This can be serious, may worsen, & deserves urgent physical examination & lab testing. Please get him/her to see a doctor or to present to the emergency room. And absolutely no alcohol. Yes, you're right on the money!

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Is it normal for my 1 mos old to have yellow eyes, what should I do?

Is it normal for my 1 mos old to have yellow eyes, what should I do?

Yes: It's not uncommon for some jaundice (bilirubin levels of 5 to 10 range) to continue for 4 to 6 weeks (very rarely up to 12 weeks), in a breast fed infant. In such a situation, i still recommend getting a total and direct bilirubin (a blood test for jaundice) to make sure, no other condition with high direct bilirubin exist. If so, the infant's stools can be clay colored (not brown or yellow).

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Can someone be born with yellow eyes?

Can someone be born with yellow eyes?

Sure: Yellow eyes are very rare because typically iris color is not pigmented with yellow hue.

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How can I treat my red and yellow eyes?

How can I treat my red and yellow eyes?

See ophthalmologist: Before treatment can be started, a reason for your condition must be determined. Make an appointment with an ophthalmologist.

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What could cause yellow eyes besides hepatitis?

What could cause yellow eyes besides hepatitis?

Hemolysis, obstruct: Hemolysis (red blood cell destruction) can cause jaundice as can biliary obstruction from gallstones or pancreatic cancer.

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What is the definition or description of: Yellow eyes and skin?

What is the definition or description of: Yellow eyes and skin?

Jaundice: Unless you eat 10 pounds or more of carrots per day, yellow skin and yellow eyes are almost always due to liver malfunction causing the condition termed jaundice. See your internist or a GI specialist.

Dr. Chad Levitt
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