6 reasons for yellow palms, hands and fingers

Many people are facing discoloration of the skin these days. Here are the 6 reasons for having yellow fingers, palms, or spots on hands.

Excessive Vitamin B and Beta Carotene

Excessive consumption of food rich in Beta-Carotene such as Spinach, Oranges, Carrots, Sweet potatoes, and squash may lead to yellow fingers, palms, or spots on hands.

In hyper carotenoids, the skin color changes to yellow or yellowish orange especially the skin of the hands. The discoloration might be very slight or very intense depending upon the condition. Sometimes even the stools appear yellowish.

yellow fingers, palms, or spots on hands


Jaundice is also a very common cause of yellow fingers, palms, or spots on hands. In Jaundice, the metabolic product, Bilirubin builds up in the body and then is deposited in the skin leading to yellowish discoloration.

The reason might be underlying hepatitis, alcohol consumption, viral infection, or any other. Sometimes even the tongue may also show yellowish discoloration with weight loss, weakness, and fever.


Diabetes results in various types of metabolic derangements in the body. It is also one of the causes why some people have yellow fingers, palms, or spots on hands.

yellow fingers, palms, or spots on hands

Liver diseases

Diseases of the liver like malaria, gallstones, or parasitic infections also result in yellow hands and yellow eyes.


Prolonged contact with TNT (trinitrotoluene) which is used in firecrackers can cause pale hands.

Slow Growing Nails

Sometimes the pale hand discoloration limits itself to nails only. Slow-growing nails may show a yellow appearance due to some respiratory disorders

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