Yellow, Jaundiced Skin and Eyes
Jaundice is the most well-known and noticeable symptom of gallbladder issues. The condition causes the skin and whites of the eyes to turn a pale yellowish color. Jaundice is caused by the accumulation of bilirubin, a yellow substance found in bile produced when the body disposes of dead red blood cells. The liver typically breaks down and removes bilirubin from the body as waste. But certain gallbladder, liver, and pancreas diseases prevent bilirubin from being excreted, causing a toxic buildup of the substance in the bloodstream. In addition, gallstones and certain gallbladder growths and infections can cause jaundice by blocking the flow of bile. Jaundice can be a symptom of other minor and more severe health conditions, including anemia and hepatitis. When experienced along with pain or tenderness in the upper right section of the abdomen, jaundice is usually a sign of gallbladder issues.