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Overview

Jaundice is when your skin and the whites of your eyes turn yellow. It can be a sign of someting serious, such as liver disease, so you need to get urgent medical help.

Get advice from NHS 111 Wales if available in your area or 0845 46 47 now if:

  • your skin and the whites of your eyes look yellow

You may also have itchy skin, darker wee and paler poo than usual.

Yellowed skin is a symptom of jaundice. The whites of your eyes may also look yellow.

Causes of jaundice

Jaundice is caused by the build-up in your body of a yellow substance called bilirubin.

There are lots of possible reasons for this and some of them are serious. They include:

  • gallstones
  • alcoholic liver disease
  • pancreatitis
  • hepatitis
  • sickle cell disease

Treatments for jaundice depend on what's causing it.

Newborn jaundice

Jaunice is common in newborn babies and is usually harmless.

Find out more about newborn jaundice.

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The information on this page has been adapted by NHS Wales from original content supplied by NHS UK NHS website nhs.uk
Last Updated: 06/05/2020 12:58:57