Symptoms of Jaundice

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Symptoms of jaundice are individual and may vary on individual basis. Generally speaking, jaundice is an indication of sign regarding some underlying disease .Common signs and symptoms of jaundice include:

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  • Yellow skin color
  • Light-colored stools
  • Dark- colored urine
  • Itching of skin
  • Severe constipation
  • Dull pain in liver region

There are some underlying diseases which can result in additional symptoms of jaundice

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Newborn jaundice
  • Swelling of legs and abdomen
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • weakness

Jaundice will move towards trunk from head if bilirubin level in the blood increases and then towards hands and feet. Following signs and symptoms in the newborn are also seen:

  • Lethargy
  • Poor feeding
  • Changes in tone of muscles
  • Crying with high pitch
  • Seizures

Yellow color of urine is due to poor liver function or an increased destruction of red blood cells. Pale color of stool is due to obstruction in bile duct or gall bladder. Many people feel abdominal pain due to gall bladder obstruction. Painless jaundice is due to obstruction by tumors.

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