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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi Doctor, this morning when I woke up i found out that the sides of my eyes had a yellowish color. What could this be? I read that it could be bilirubin
Doctor :   what is the color of the urine?

User :   yellow... normal i think
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straw color is normal color of urine
Doctor :   did you notice any change in the color of urine recently?
User :   i dont recall noticing anything abnormal in the urine. Is there something I should be paying attention too?
Doctor :   if the yellow of the eyes is because of biluribin, before it appears in eyes the color of urine should be yellow
User :   oh ok... If its biluribin... its that bad?
Doctor :   if the yellow discoloration of the eye is because of bilirubin than it is called jaundice
Doctor :   and jaundice has several causes
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the most common being the hepatitis.
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as you are not sure of what the yellow coloration of the eye is
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it better to consult a primary care physician to get it identified that the color of the eye is because of jaundice or something else
User :   ok... it is not too yellow, it has a light yellowish/ light brown and you can the red veins like when the eye is irritated
Doctor :   it may be muddy conjunctiva also this happen most commonly in the people who reside/work in the dusty environment.
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or in the early stage of the jaundice the yellowness is very faint and it gradually increases to bright yellow.
User :   what are some symptoms of hepatitis ?
Doctor :   the main symptom of hepatitis is jaundice
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that is yellow coloration of the urine, than the eyes and than the skin too becomes yellow
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profound aversion to food
Doctor :   whole body or hands and legs itching may be present or not
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there may be fever also
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sometimes there will be diarrhea.
User :   ok... the only thing that have changed during these last days is that ive been taking natural supplements such as: ginkobilova, ginseng, green tea, multivitamins.
Doctor :   ok
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this you are taking from when?
User :   2 weeks
User :   a little less
Doctor :   may i know the reason for taking them?
User :   because ive been lately considering to eat only organic food and also taking supplements
User :   and i started with the supplements
Doctor :   organic food consumption is good but why supplements ?
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supplements marketed are made artificially and is other form of chemicals
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the vitamins from plant source is 10 times superior than the multivitamin tablet
User :   didnt now about the chemicals... i only thought that it was an easier way of getting the daily vitamins... anyways can this have a connection to the eyes?
Doctor :   yeah may be the artificial color used in them, or the over dose of the vitamins might have caused discoloration.
Doctor :   even the herbal extract might contain increased quantity of the minerals which might have caused the impaired liver function leading to discoloration of the eyes
User :   but... if this is the cause i should stop to consume the right? or could i have permanent liver damage?
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as all the four supplements which you are taking can cause this, it is difficult to say which one is causing the discoloration in you.
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yes it should be stopped for a while
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the liver has the capacity to regenerate
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and to get it repaired
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so not to worry about the permanent liver damage
User :   do you recomend drinking green tea instead of consuming the tablets..?
Doctor :   i suggest you to stop all of them immediately and get an LFT and serum biluribin test done.
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if the results are normal than you can continue them at half the dose what you are consuming presently
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LFT is a blood test
User :   where can i get these tests? are there any home tests? even if i get abnormal results should i get tested for hepatitis?
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there is no home tests.
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these tests are done in the clinical laboratory where blood is tested. it is done in all the hospitals also.
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if there is abnormality in the biluribin levels, and also the LFT, the cause may be the herbal products.
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hepatitis has many causes like
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infective hepatitis where in there is hepatiits A, hepatitis B etc
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chemical hepatitis like
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consumption of arsenic, overdosage of the certain tablets, over consumption of lead containing herbal products etc
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so first investigation is LFT and bilirubin
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if they are normal, than it may be because of the coloring agents which is causing yellow coloration called pigmentary changes
Doctor :   and it will go away with the stoppage of the consumption of the offending agent
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it the LFT is abnormal and the bilirubin is raised depending on the result the next appropriate investigation is decided
User :   ok
User :   are you supposed to feel something in your liver if there is something wrong?
Doctor :   No,usually that feel of something wrong in the liver do not occur
Doctor :   is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   no... thank you very much
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User :   thanks for your help
Doctor :   wish you and your family a happy new year and good health.
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