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8 Signs and Symptoms of Liver Failure

2. Yellow skin

Many people associate jaundice, or a yellowing of the skin, with liver problems and specifically alcohol abuse. But why would a damaged liver have such an effect on the body? How could it possibly lead the color of our skin to appear a shade of yellow?

The issue is related to a compound known as bilirubin. In an individual with a completely healthy liver, bilirubin, which is caused by the body processing old blood cells, is disposed of easily. However, in someone with a damaged liver, bilirubin builds up in the blood. The end result can be a yellowing of the skin.

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