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Jaundice is when your skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow. It can be a sign of something serious, such as liver disease, so you need to get urgent medical help.

Hand with skin looking yellow next to a hand with no skin changes for comparison. Shown on white skin.An eye with a blue iris. The white part of the eye has turned yellow. The yellow is darker at the corners of the eye.Yellowing of the white part of the eye and the skin under the person's eyebrows. Shown on dark brown skin.

Jaundice is caused by the build-up in your body of a yellow substance called bilirubin.

There are lots of possible reasons for this and some of them are serious.

They include:

Treatments for jaundice depend on what's causing it.


Newborn jaundice

Jaundice is common in newborn babies and is usually harmless.

Find out about newborn jaundice