Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsInfectious Diseases · 9 years ago

I don't drink often (1-2 every two weeks) however the white part in my eyes are yellow...?

I don't think it's jaundice, so what could it be, no pain in my liver and not slot of drinking and no smoking what so ever.

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  • 9 years ago
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    The only way to know for sure is to have the doctor order blood testings

    on you.

    There are different blood tests that will give the doctor an idea if it is

    a liver, biliary, or blood problem.

    They are known as the liver enzymes, liver function, liver viral, and liver

    cancer tests. Depending of what levels of these results are out of normal

    range...he will know whether it is the liver or biliary area that is involved.

    Let me explain more about what causes Jaundice.

    When are red blood cells die off, the spleen and liver takes part of these

    cells and uses them to make a greenish/brownish substance known as

    Bilirubin. The liver then takes this and converts it into a soluble form to

    become part of the bile (that the liver makes). Bile/bilirubin flows through

    tube like structures (ducts) from the liver to the gallbladder to be stored

    and concentrated. When food moves from the stomach into our intestines,

    hormones are released that signal the gallbladder to contract, forcing the

    bile/bilirubin into the common bile ducts to go to the intestines to help

    emulsify the fats we eat, so they can be digested and absorbed.

    Bilirubin is a pigment (meaning it coloring colors other things).

    Different things can cause a rise in Bilirubin in the blood:

    1) The liver cells have become damaged or died off and therefore

    isn't able to convert the bilirubin to a soluble form.

    2) The bile ducts have become obstructed (stone or growth)/

    malformation of the ducts/ or even an infection in the ducts.

    3) The bone marrow is producing too many red blood cells or

    they are dying off too fast.

    4) Some people develop Gilberts disease which can be hereditary

    to have abnormally high bilirubin levels.

    The bilirubin levels has to reach a certain level in the blood before

    patients will notice the yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin

    (best seen in outdoor lighting). If it is a biliary problem...then patients

    may notice that their stools may be quite a bit lighter in color...or

    even so light it appears grayish white. If the level of this in the

    blood is high...a person may also notice that the urine is turning

    darker in color as the kidneys try to filter this out.

    The liver usually causes no symptoms at all; very quiet about any

    damage being done to it...that is until the liver cells are unable to

    do the functions to keep the body well...then the patient may feel

    tired or have flu like symptoms (depending on the cause).

    It is best to stop all consumption of alcohol.

    Some other things that can cause liver cell damage are:

    medication toxification, chemical exposure, viral infections

    (like hep A,B,C), parasite infections, mushroom poisoning,

    hereditary conditions, metabolic disorders, cardiac/vascular

    problems, [biliary problems already mentioned],

    cyst/growth/cancer/tumors, fatty liver disease, and many


    Simple blood testing will give you and your doctor a look at

    what the problem may be. I hope this information has

    been of some help to you. Best wishes

    Source(s): caregiver to a liver transplant patient
  • 9 years ago

    Yellowing of the sclera is called scleral icturus and isn't always associated with alcohol. Therefore, yes, this COULD be jaundice. Both pancreatitis and obstructions of the bile ducts can cause it. You need to see your doctor about this.

    Source(s): I'm a nurse.
  • 9 years ago

    sounds like a liver problem c your doc

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  • 9 years ago

    liver problems. see your dr. dont have to drink to have liver problems

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Gilbert's disease?

    Source(s): I have a friend that has this.
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