“Jaundice” is the medical term that describes yellowing of the skin and eyes. Jaundice itself is not a disease, but it is a symptom of several possible underlying illnesses. Jaundice forms when there is too much bilirubin in your system. Bilirubin is a yellow pigment that is created by the breakdown of dead red blood cells in the liver. Normally, the liver gets rid of bilirubin along with old red blood cells.
Jaundice may indicate a serious problem with the function of your red blood cells, liver, gallbladder, or pancreas.
Yellow-tinted skin and eyes characterize jaundice. In more severe cases, the whites of your eyes may turn brown or orange. You may also have dark urine and pale stools.
If an underlying health condition such as viral hepatitis is to blame for the jaundice, you might experience other symptoms, including excessive fatigue and vomiting.
Some people misdiagnose themselves when they experience yellow skin. People who have jaundice usually have both yellow-colored skin and yellow-colored eyes.
If you only have yellow skin, it may be due to having too much beta carotene in your system. Beta carotene is an antioxidant found in foods such as carrots, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes. An excess of this antioxidant is not a cause of jaundice.
Old red blood cells travel to your liver, where they’re broken down. Bilirubin is the yellow pigment formed by the breakdown of these old cells. Jaundice occurs when your liver doesn’t metabolize bilirubin the way it’s supposed to.
Your liver might be damaged and unable to perform this process. Sometimes the bilirubin simply can’t make it to your digestive tract, where it normally would be removed through your stool. In other cases, there may be too much bilirubin trying to enter the liver at once or too many red blood cells dying at one time.
Moderate jaundice is typically treated with phototherapy in the hospital or in the home to help remove excess bilirubin.
The light waves used in phototherapy are absorbed by your baby’s skin and blood. The light helps your baby’s body change the bilirubin into waste products to be eliminated. Frequent bowel movements with greenish stools are a common side effect of this therapy. This is just the bilirubin exiting the body. Phototherapy may involve the use of a lighted pad, which mimics natural sunlight and is placed on your baby’s skin.
Nux vomica -Useful for jaundice with urge to move bowels, which passes off .Patient is chilly and irritable wants to leave me alone.
Phosphorous -Useful for jaundice with long narrow stools or can be pale with yellow skin.
Carduus Marianus- Useful for jaundice with gall bladder disease.
Chelidonium- Useful for jaundice with pain below shoulder blade.