Jaundice, or icterus, is a term used to describe unusually high levels of bilirubin in the body, which can cause the skin, eyes and the mouth to turn yellowish. When bilirubin isn't expelled from the body through normal means - urine and defecation, basically - it can accumulate in nearby tissue, causing the characteristic yellow appearance often associated with jaundice. However, there are other not-so-obvious indications of jaundice, which are equally important.
The characteristic symptom most associated with jaundice is a yellow pigmentation of the skin. This process can cause the skin to appear light yellow. Besides the skin, the eyes and the lining of the mouth also change color, even though the eyes are often the first indication that something is wrong with the liver. In any case, the degree of pigmentation depends on the severity of the condition, and there are many possible reasons as to why the liver isn't working as intended. Should you notice your eyes appear slightly yellow, contact your doctor right away to determine the cause.
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