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What causes yellow eye color or jaundice in sickle cell patients?

What causes yellow eye color or jaundice in sickle cell patients?

Excess bilirubin: Higher amount of bilirubin produced over a level of normal excretion in sickle cell patients result in staining of sclera in eye and skin. ...Read more

Jaundice (Definition)

Jaundice is the accumulation in the body of bilirubin. Normally it is excreted by the liver, via the bile. For a lot of different reasons, sometimes the bilirubin can accumulate. The most common reasons are a problem with the liver or the bile duct. This can make the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow. If this occurs, see your ...Read more


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Sickle cell anemia? I am anemic duno the type. I see jaundice sometms. Not in eye. Meditrainian backr. Priods of stress and hypractvty. Ill + s/s thks

Sickle cell anemia? I am anemic duno the type. I see jaundice sometms. Not in eye. Meditrainian backr. Priods of stress and hypractvty. Ill + s/s thks

Anemia: Sickle cell is exclusively in blacks and if severe would have manifested from early childhood. A simple hemoglobin electrophoresis should tell you if you have any genetic defect. Otherwise, there are other types of anemia that are way more common - iron deficiency, hemorrhagic, aplastic, b12/folic acid deficiency, anemia of chronic disease etc. ...Read more

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Sickle cell patient eyes are swollen shut and running, what is the cause!

Sickle cell patient eyes are swollen shut and running, what is the cause!

Conjunctivitis: Probably not related to medical condition. Need antibiotic drops and possible antibiotic/steroid drops to treat the conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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My cousin has sickle cell and here eyes are yellow for that reason. Is that correct?

My cousin has sickle cell and here eyes are yellow for that reason. Is that correct?

Yes: Sickle cell is caused by a change in the hemoglobin that causes it to break down. The hemoglobin is metabolized into a yellow pigment known as bilirubin. If his skin was white it would also color the skin and we would call that jaundice. ...Read more

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HI I have sickle cell diseases, and had my gallbladder removed 2 years ago. I've been suffering from constant yellow eyes for more than 8 years. 22 y?

HI I have sickle cell diseases, and had my gallbladder removed 2 years ago. I've been suffering from constant yellow eyes for more than 8 years. 22 y?

See hematologist.: Sickle cell disease is a lifelong illness. There are many reasons why your eyes remain yellow--some specifically related to your sickle cell. However, there are other non-hematological reasons that could trigger this which are worth considering. The best resource is to schedule an appointment with your hematologist to check this out. Do not ignore this any longer. ...Read more

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If itching was caused by jaundice. Would my skin or eyes be visibly yellow?

If itching was caused by jaundice. Would my skin or eyes be visibly yellow?

Obstructive jaundice: Itching happens in the obstructive jaundice. The other type called hemolytic jaundice, happening from excess breakdown of red blood cells don't cause itching. When the level of bilirubin exceeds 2-3 mg, you can start seeing the jaundice. The jaundice you see in the sclera is not related to itching, but on how much bilirubin- the jaundice pigment is in the blood. ...Read more

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Does doxycycline cause jaundice? I don't take it now but my eyes are a bit yellow with indirect billirubin a bit elevated should I avoid this

Does doxycycline cause jaundice? I don't take it now but my eyes are a bit yellow with indirect billirubin a bit elevated should I avoid this

Yes avoid it: Doxycycline and other tetracycline type antibiotics can cause jaundice and elevated bilirubin and liver enzymes. Check with your doctor to make sure the jaundice resolves and that there is no other cause. If you have had this reaction to doxycycline then it would be good to avoid all tetracycline type drugs in the future. ...Read more

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Causes of yellow skin around eyes, like a black eye but color yellow. Eyes white, no yellow skin anywhere else.

Causes of yellow skin around eyes, like a black eye but color yellow. Eyes white, no yellow skin anywhere else.

Xanthelasma: Sounds like xanthelasma. This is benign, and can be surgically removed for cosmetic reasons. ...Read more

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My mom had severe COPD. Noticed the whites of her eyes are yellow (no other signs of jaundice). Possible cause due to COPD? Action recommended?

My mom had severe COPD. Noticed the whites of her eyes are yellow (no other signs of jaundice). Possible cause due to COPD? Action recommended?

Not good: Be sure!
Jaundice is a bad sign of obstruction or disease of liver, bile ducts, pancreas.
Severe COPD can give right heart failure and back pressure on liver veins and congestion. ...Read more

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What causes yellowing of eyes that is not jaundice or pinguecula?

What causes yellowing of eyes that is not jaundice or pinguecula?

A few suggestions: Those would be two major causes but if there is a resolving hemorrhage, then sometimes the blood can go from red to yellow before disappearing. Alternatively, people with light freckles or normal pigmentation (from having dark skin) can have a yellowish looking eye, as well. ...Read more

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What causes an enlarged liver in a sickle cell anemia patients?

What causes an enlarged liver in a sickle cell anemia patients?

The bad cells: In simplest terms, the sickle ("bad") cells need to be removed because they get "trapped" in the liver where they are disposed of. These cells don't live as long as normal red blood cells, so the liver is working over time. ...Read more

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If eyes and skin is light yellow colour. Does it mean jaundice?

If eyes and skin is light yellow colour. Does it mean jaundice?

Possibly: Those are all classic signs of jaundice and should be checked. ...Read more

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Does having yellow eyes or skin mean you have jaundice?

Most likely: These findings require medical evaluation, though other things can cause it need to rule out jaundice with some simple blood tests. ...Read more

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Can there be a reason besides jaundice for yellow eyes?

Can there be a reason besides jaundice for yellow eyes?

Yes: The yellow color that is on the sclera (white part) near the iris (colored part) is a normal aging growth called a pinguecula. ...Read more

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If someone has been an alcoholic for 28 years, and their eyes are pale yellow, could this be jaundice?

Yes: It is also called yellow jaundice and shows up as yellow color in the whites of the eyes. ...Read more

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The tips of my fingernails are yellow is this a fungal infection or jaundice? The whites of my eyes are normal so I don't know?

The tips of my fingernails are yellow is this a fungal infection or jaundice? The whites of my eyes are normal so I don't know?

Yellow nails: The tips of the nails can discolor as they get older simply as a matter of aging, jaundice has to do with your skin, which are active and living, dividing cells. The ends of the nails are no longer live cells, where you skin, for the most part is still alive and dividing cells... ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Newborn jaundice bili 20 at its highest 1st wk of birth. All was taken care of and now a month later bili 12 still yellow tears, eyes. Is this normal?

Newborn jaundice bili 20 at its highest 1st wk of birth. All was taken care of and now a month later bili 12 still yellow tears, eyes. Is this normal?

Yes: "jaundice" can hang around at low levels for about a month. As long as baby is gaining weight and eating well, we watch and wait. If it is getting worse or persists another 1-2 weeks then you need to have the baby seen. Usually we just wait and all resolves with no long term problems. ...Read more

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Sickle cell patient became light headed and dizzy, what could cause this?

Sickle cell patient became light headed and dizzy, what could cause this?

Anemia: If your anemia worsened, you could feel light headed. If the feeling doesn't go away, go to your doctor to get your heart, lungs, and blood counts checked. ...Read more

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What can I do about yellow skin around the creases of my eyes?

What can I do about yellow skin around the creases of my eyes?

Have it checked: Have it checked to find out what it is. What are the creases of your eyes
do you mean eyelids? ...Read more

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Why does jaundice make your skin and eyes turn yellow?

Why does jaundice make your skin and eyes turn yellow?

Jaundice: The pigment present in bile gives the yellow discoloration to the skin, urine and sclera in eyes. ...Read more

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If my skin or eyes are not yellow, should I worry about jaundice?

If my skin or eyes are not yellow, should I worry about jaundice?

No: However, abnormal levels of bilirubin (which causes jaundice) which are low may not alter the color of the skin and eyes. If you have a concern about this for some reason, get your doctor to order the appropriate test. ...Read more

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Is yellow eyes a result of jaundice or pyridine?

Is yellow eyes a result of jaundice or pyridine?

It could be.: "yellow eyes" comes from increased levels of bilirubin in the blood. It can subsequently causes staining in the conjunctiva and skin. Bilirubin comes from breakdown of red blood cells in the spleen which are removed via the liver. Since exposure to pyridine can cause liver damage, if there is enough exposure, it may be possible that bilirubin levels may increase. ...Read more

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Hi doctors if a person was jaundice would it be hard to tell or easy because im not sure how yellow eyes have to be?

Hi doctors if a person was jaundice would it be hard to tell or easy because im not sure how yellow eyes have to be?

Can be subtle: It can be subtle. Darker-skinned people can have a natural yellowish-tinge to the sclera ("whites") of their eyes which may be normal, but if there is a change from a persons usual skin tone or eye color and it becomes more yellow, that would be a reason to seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Yellow in the white of the eyes and dark urine. Is this jaundice or hepatitis?

Yellow in the white of the eyes and dark urine. Is this jaundice or hepatitis?

YES: The symptoms you describe are consistant with a liver disease such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, biliary obstruction or cholangitis. Stop drinking alcohol and see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Jaundice (Definition)

Jaundice is the accumulation in the body of bilirubin. Normally it is excreted by the liver, via the bile. For a lot of different reasons, sometimes the bilirubin can accumulate. The most common reasons are a problem with the liver or the bile duct. This can make the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow. If this occurs, see your ...Read more


Dr. James Ball
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Sickle Cell Disease (Definition)

A group of disorders that cause red blood cells to become ...Read more