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Carotenemia: Introduction

Carotenemia is an excess of beta-carotene in the blood. It is a common and mostly harmless condition in infants usually appearing when infants begin to eat solids. When they eat too many foods containing beta-carotene (e.g. pumpkin, carrot, most yellow or orange vegetables), the baby receives too much beta-carotene and some is deposited in the skin. This gives the skin a yellow or orange coloring. Whereas this condition is usually harmless, it is important to distinguish it from jaundice or other very serious conditions which also cause yellow skin or orange skin. Note that beta-carotene excess should not cause yellow eyes whereas jaundice usually does, though there are exceptions. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about any discoloration of your child's skin. ...more »

Symptoms of Carotenemia

Treatments for Carotenemia

  • Avoid or reduce the foods containing beta-carotene - such as vitamin A, fish oils, pumpkin, carrot, sweet potato, etc.
  • Avoid vitamin A
  • Watchful waiting - the condition usually subsides after the causing foods are removed.
  • more treatments...»

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Prognosis for Carotenemia

Prognosis for Carotenemia: Good. Mostly harmless and resolving after causal foods are removed.

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Definitions of Carotenemia:

A change in skin color due to deposition of carotene. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Excess carotene in the blood stream; can cause the skin to turn a pale yellow-red color - (Source - WordNet 2.1)


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