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my wifes hands are turning yellow over the last couple day

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my wifes hands are turning yellow over the last couple days
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Family Physician replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your question:

Are the "whites" of her eyes yellow?

Does she eat lots of carrots or yellow vegetables?

Any other symptoms?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


no yellow in eyes and not really to veg question. tired but worked 12 hours today so not surprised. metallic taste in mouth.

Expert:  Family Physician replied 1 year ago.
There are a number of conditions that can cause yellow discoloration of the skin. Jaundice is a condition caused by elevated levels of bilirubin - seen in various problems with the liver or gallbladder. Typically this is associated with a prominent yellow discoloration of the eyes and skin (not just the skin).

Carotenemia is caused by high levels of beta-carotene in the blood (which gets deposited in the skin but NOT the eyes). High intake of carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes can cause this finding.

Unfortunately, there is no way to make a diagnosis over the internet. A visit to a local physician would allow a definitive diagnosis. If the examination alone is not diagnostic, then some tests may be needed.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


forgot to mention she also has a kind of crampy stomach

Expert:  Family Physician replied 1 year ago.
As I mentioned, this could be related to liver problems or gallbladder problems. Gallbladder disease can cause abdominal pain and cramps.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


her cramps were quite painful three hours ago but have lessened considerably since. what is the significance of the metallic taste in the mouth

Expert:  Family Physician replied 1 year ago.
This can be caused by a number of conditions including dehydration, infections, excess levels of copper (which can cause liver disease), certain medications to name a few.

With the cramps, pain, and other symptoms, an urgent visit to a physician, urgent care clinic or the emergency room would be appropriate.
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