Explanation of Slight Yellowing Eyes
Slight yellowing eyes is most known as jaundice. It is a term which describe the slight yellowing skin and the white eyes. Beside jaundice is the term which used for describing yellowing skin and eyes.
The most common signs of jaundice are:
- yellowing of the eyes, skin and lining of the inside of parts of the body such as the mouth and nose
- dark colored urine
- pale colored stools
When the best time to seek medical advice?
- Medical advice immediately if you develop the above signs of jaundice. They are a warning sign which something is wrong with the normal processes of your body.
- Speak to your GP as soon as possible. If this isn’t possible, telephone NHS 111 or contact your local out of hours service.
There are three types of jaundice, they are:
- pre hepatic jaundice: the disruption happens before bilirubin has been transported from the blood to the liver. It is caused by the conditions such as haemolytic anaemia and sickle cell anaemia.
- intra hepatic jaundice/ hepatocellular jaundice: the disruption happens inside the liver. It is caused by the conditions such as Gilbert’s syndrome; cirrhosis or other liver damage.
- post hepatic jaundice: the disruption prevents the bile from draining of the gallbladder and into the digestive system. It is caused by the conditions such as tumors or gallstones.
Who’s at risk
- Intra hepatic and post hepatic jaundice are common in the middle aged and elderly people than in the young. Pre hepatic jaundice can affect people of all ages, including children.
- Certain lifestyle changes may help prevent jaundice. For example, not drinking too much alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight and minimising your risk of hepatitis, will all help.