Jaundice is a medical condition where a problem in the liver causes high levels of bilirubin, leading to yellowing of the skin, eyes, mouth and nails. The bilirubin is not processed properly in the body and instead, shows up in the skin. It is usually a sign that the liver is suffering and is also a symptom of other serious diseases and should not be treated lightly. It is important to contact your doctor right away as soon as you notice symptoms, as untreated, it can have fatal effects.
In some cases, children are born with jaundice. However, this is not usually something to panic over, as it is very treatable and not unusual in children as their livers are not fully developed yet. Some children have minor symptoms and can go home with a few tips from their healthcare providers. Other children with more severe symptoms must be put under special bilirubin lights to help them deal with the excess buildup of bilirubin. Their feet can turn yellow, as well as the rest of the skin on the body.
Yellowing skin color change is a classic sign of jaundice. Yellow toenails can also occur when a patient is suffering from jaundice. Yellow toenails can also be mistaken as fungus, so in order to be sure, it is important to seek the help of a trained podiatrist or your primary care physician promptly.
It is very unusual for jaundice to manifest only in the toenails. If only your toenails are yellow, it is unlikely that you have jaundice. However, if you have noticed a yellow/green tinge to your skin or in the white your eyes, or have noticed your urine is darker or your feces lighter than usual, you should consult with your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
Have yellow feet but no podiatrist to help? Think you could be suffering from jaundice or another disorder that is causing yellow nails? It is time to call Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, of Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle, located in the nature coast area in Florida. There, Dr. Kales will be able to provide a thorough assessment to determine what is causing your yellow feet and nails. Call 727-868-2128 or make an appointment online today. Although yellow is a nice color, it isn’t the proper shade for your feet.