Jaundice is often a symptom of other disorders and the most common jaundice symptoms can be an indication of something much worse. Jaundice symptoms are generally a sign of poor health in one way or another. Listed below are the most common jaundice symptoms that can be signs of many serious medical diseases, syndromes and disorders.
- Yellow color in the skin. The most well known jaundice symptom is the yellowing of skin, which defines jaundice in the eyes of many people. The cause of these jaundice symptoms is the building up of too much bilirubin, which is a yellow pigment present in the body. They can result from too many red blood cells in the body being retired for the liver to handle, the liver being overloaded or damaged, or the bilirubin from the liver being unable to move through the biliary tract to the gut.
- Yellow color in the mucus membranes. This is one of the less common jaundice symptoms: the yellowing of the mucus membranes. It results from the same causes as the yellowing of the skin.
- A yellowish tinge to the eyes. True jaundice symptoms include a yellowing of the whites of the eyes. This is what separates jaundice from the similar problem defined by an orange tint, hypercarotenemia.
Common causes of jaundice symptoms occurring include alcoholic cirrhosis (liver problems related to the abuse of too much alcohol) and both drug-induced and viral forms of hepatitis. If jaundice symptoms are present, it is important to contact a physician immediately to detect the often serious root cause.