Why do I have yellow hands and feet?
Asked by anonymous on Nov 28, 2009 in Health Conditions



Is this a sign of jaundice?


Answer

An excessive intake of carotenoids, found in carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, winter squash, spinach, kale, broccoli, and dark green and orange produce, can turn the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet yellow.  The condition is called carotenodermia and it is not considered to be dangerous.  Jaundice, which is a one sign of many possible diseases, produces a general yellowing of the skin and turns the whites of the eyes yellow.  Jaundice should always to brought to a physician's attention.  Carotenodermia, on the other hand, is reversed by eating fewer carotenoids.


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