The lone sign of Gilbert's disease is that your skin and the whites of your eyes occasionally have a yellowish tinge (jaundice). This is caused by the slightly elevated levels of bilirubin in your blood. Some conditions and situations may increase bilirubin levels, and thereby jaundice, in people with Gilbert's syndrome. These include:
- Illness, such as a cold or the flu
- Fasting or eating a very low-calorie diet
- Strenuous exercise
- Lack of sleep
The jaundice will go away when these conditions resolve.
When to see a doctor
Make an appointment with your doctor if you experience jaundice. Jaundice has many possible causes.
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