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Orange Could Signal Caution
The Doctors look at what different colors can reveal about your health — and when you should be concerned.
"Usually, when [colors] tell us the most is when there’s an acute change," says ER physician Dr. Travis Stork. "If you’re noticing an acute change in your color, or your bodily fluid’s color — and you are noticing other symptoms with it — that’s when you go ahead and seek out medical help."
When Michelle noticed her son, Joshua, had yellow-looking skin soon after he was born, doctors said it was jaundice and should go away soon. But when the yellow color seemed to spread and become more intense after a few weeks, Michelle knew the condition deserved more attention, and she took Joshua to the emergency room.
Doctors diagnosed Joshua with biliary atresia, which is a disorder in the liver drainage system. Dr. Sears explains that the bile duct that flushes waste products from the liver to the intestines doesn't form, and there's no place for the byproducts to go, creating a backup and enlarging the liver. Eventually, the liver fails, leading to death.
Doctors performed a Kasai procedure on Joshua to surgically bypass the blocked liver duct, prevent liver damage and delay the need for a transplant. Michelle was told the procedure had a 25 percent chance of successfully bypassing the liver.
"They did the procedure and immediately, you knew the surgery failed," she said. "They told us he had probably about two weeks to a month to live.”
Michelle desperately reached out to friends and family, including posting a message to Facebook, to try to find a liver donor.
Not Always Blue Skies Ahead
Dr. Travis says his favorite color is blue but, “In the world of medicine, when patients are blue, typically, I become concerned.”
What are Indigo Children?
Children often have colorful personalities, but those described as indigo children might have heightened intuition, empathy and be highly intelligient. Meet Sandie, who says she’s an indigo child, and psychotherapist Julie Rosenshein, author of the book, Parenting the Highly Sensitive Child.
Family physician Dr. Rachael Ross describes what different colors of the rainbow – including purple – can mean in your urine.