Int J Vitam Nutr Res. ;65(1) Hyper-beta-carotenemia unrelated to diet: a case of brain tumor. Olmedilla B(1), Granado F, Blanco I. Author information. Carotenemia is a harmless condition in which the skin turns a yellowish color from eating lots of certain foods. Unlike jaundice, the whites of the eyes remain. Carotenemia is the presence of high levels of beta carotene in the blood. Carotenemia is also sometimes called carotenodermia.

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HyperkarotinaemieCarotinaemieHypercarotinaemie. Definition NCI Orange or yellow discoloration of the skin caused by excessive deposits of carotene. Archived copy as title Infobox medical condition Pages using infobox medical condition with unknown parameters All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from September Articles with unsourced statements from July He denied pruritis, dark urine, light stool, abdominal pain, fever, excessive alcohol intake, or diarrhea.

This article does not provide medical advice. In order to further confirm the diagnosis, the following tests may be conducted:.

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Self-skin examination Betz smartphone apps to check your skin Learn more Sponsored content. Infants with this condition should not be taken off prescribed vitamin supplements unless advised to do so by the child’s pediatrician. Infants and small children are especially prone to carotenoderma because of the cooked, mashed, and pureed vegetables that they eat.

Sclera and mucous membranes are spared. He was instructed to discontinue the betacarotene supplement, and his skin discoloration resolved within 2 weeks. Since the symptoms of Carotenemia are quite similar to that of jaundice, which requires emergent and aggressive medical attention, it is important to understand the difference between the two conditions. Foods associated with high levels of carotenoids [7] include:. Cooking, mashing, and pureeing make the carotene more available for absorption.

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This condition is called argyria. After a return to a more normal diet, the carotenemia color will disappear in 3 or 4 weeks.

When should I call my child’s healthcare provider? Although mostly safe, excessive ingestion of the carotenoid canthaxanthin has been associated with yellow deposits on the retina, visual defects and other adverse effects.


Dietary carotenoids, vitamins A, C, and E, and advanced age-related macular degeneration. A number of natural products, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal remedies, have been studied over the past 10 years in randomized, controlled trials that have produced mixed results. You Might Also Like. With the exception of calcium, all these amounts are greater than the recommended daily allowances.

Strictly speaking, bea carotene in the skin should be called carotenoderma.

Carotenemia causes a yellow skin discoloration and must be distinguished from jaundice, which is much more likely to be a sign of serious illness. Prevention of exercise-induced asthma by a natural isomer mixture of varotenemia.

Numerous ingested substances are rich in carotenoids. Even though serum levels of carotene may return back to normal soon after restricting carotene intake, the yellow colour of the skin may persist for a few months due to accumulated carotene in tissues. His physical examination was significant for a deep yellow discoloration of the skin Figuremost prominently on the hands and soles, without icteric mucous membranes or sclerae.


Carotenemia most commonly occurs in vegetarians and young children.

Foods to Avoid With Carotenemia

caroetnemia Green beans contain carotene and can lead to carotenemia if eaten in large quantities, according to the November issue of “Pediatrics Dermatology. Carotene is excreted in the stool, skin, and urine. Complications Benign and harmless. You do not need to have your child stop eating these foods unless you want to change your child’s skin tone. Did I have a stroke? Average adult intake in the U.

There are certain medical conditions which contribute to development of Carotenemia. Leafy green vegetables contain high levels of carotene and vitamin A, according to WHFoods. Liver dysfunction, regardless of origin, causes hypercarotenemia as a result of the impaired conversion of carotenoids to retinol. It is of note that lycopenemia is specifically associated with discoloration of the soft palate and deposition in the liver parenchyma. For cases of secondary Carotenemia the underlying cause for Carotenemia needs to be identified and treated.