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Can being jaundice as a baby affect your permanent skin color ?

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Dr. Jenny Sung
Pediatrics
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In brief: No

Jaundice will not cause changes to skin color. Jaundice is cause by too much bilirubin in the blood.
Skin color is determined by pigments (melanin) made by skin cells.

In brief: No

Jaundice will not cause changes to skin color. Jaundice is cause by too much bilirubin in the blood.
Skin color is determined by pigments (melanin) made by skin cells.
Dr. Jenny Sung
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Temporary

The jaundiced appearance of an infant represents bilirubin, a waste product molecule, that is temporarily attached to the fat cells beneath the skin but visable when light & bounces off the molecule.
A similar effect occurs when babies get interested in yellow vegatables due to attached vit a. This fades over time. Skin color is derived from pigment cells within the skin.

In brief: Temporary

The jaundiced appearance of an infant represents bilirubin, a waste product molecule, that is temporarily attached to the fat cells beneath the skin but visable when light & bounces off the molecule.
A similar effect occurs when babies get interested in yellow vegatables due to attached vit a. This fades over time. Skin color is derived from pigment cells within the skin.
Dr. James Ferguson
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