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Yellow skin, don't eat carrots

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  • Posted By: joshk1
  • September 29, 2008
  • 06:31 AM

My palms and the soles of my feet often look yellow, as do my fingers and sometimes my face. It all started about 2 years ago when I went to Costa Rica/Ecuador for ~6 months, and has persisted until now (living in Chicago). I had some diet changes then, but I've been eating the same food I had eaten before the trip for 1.5 years now. So, I doubt it's my diet.

I don't have any other associated symptoms, and no eye discoloration, etc. Doctors don't know what it could be.

Recent tests show I have high levels of beta carotene and normal liver function. My beta carotene level was >1.5 umol/L, and it says on the report that normal is .08-.80.

I don't eat carrots, sweet potatoes, or squash. Also, my hands might look yellow and then a few hours later they'll be normal. Sometimes the discoloration can change within a few minutes.

I used to take a multi-vitamin, but all I take now is amoxicillin for acne (have been on it for a long time now).

Jaundice has been ruled out, and all I'm told is to go to a nutritionist. However, I'm reluctant as this is a recent thing that has been persisting, and, like I said, I don't eat foods that are high in beta carotene.

I'm wondering if it could be something with my kidneys, but that's speculation. I doubt I acquired an auto-immune disorder against whatever protein degrades beta carotene. Any ideas? Any type of specialist I should go see?

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