Hepatitis C: An In-Depth Guide

Yellowing of the skin (jaundice)

The yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes is called jaundice. This condition may also cause itchy skin. The itch may occur on a particular part of the body or it may occur all over the body. Constant scratching (even when asleep) can damage skin, particularly if the fingernails are long.

Cause

Jaundice is caused by the build-up of bile (bilirubin) in the blood. A small percentage of people will appear jaundiced during the acute phase of hepatitis C infection. Jaundice is also a condition associated with cirrhosis and liver failure.

Jaundice may appear with hepatitis A or hepatitis B infection. In rare situations, jaundice can be caused by a harmful build-up of certain drugs (drug toxicity) in your system. 

Tips

Drink lots of water.

Wrap a cold pack in a towel and apply it to the rash.

Take an oatmeal bath.

Use unscented skin moisturizers or body lotions.

Use soap that contains a moisturizer or has high oil content.

Use laundry detergents that are formulated to be mild on the skin.

Wear loose-fitting clothing.

Avoid taking long hot showers or baths.