Skin Diseases

Skin Diseases

Carotenemia, a condition characterized by too much beta-carotene within the bloodstream, commonly manifests itself around a baby’s first birthday. When the baby ingests foods containing beta-carotene, which includes most orange and yellow vegetables, the skin turns orange or yellow. While this condition is usually not harmful, it is often misdiagnosed as a much more significant counterpart: jaundice.

Jaundice has more potential to cause harm than carotenemia because it indicates liver problems. A baby with jaundice has a disproportionately large amount of bilirubin in its system, whether too much of it was produced, or more likely because the liver cannot break it down. Typical treatment options include fluid therapy, steroids, and pain management.

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