Yellowing of skin but not jaundice

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I am thoroughly puzzled. I have four patches of discoloured skin around my eyes, two at the inside on the side I'm my nose and two on the outer eyelid of the same eye.  The two on the inside are a bit like the red ones I used to get when I wore glasses but I have done that for many years.

The only way I can describe them is like they are a yellow-ish colour, paler than my normal skin but weird.  Someone recently told me that long-term methadone users get a similar discolouration.  I take pain killers but I have never taken methadone.

I just don't get it, and medical service is being very unhelpful!

Anyone got any ideas?

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    Hi Blxsix

    Are the spotted areas raised in any way?  If so, it could be that your cholesterol levels may be high.  I know my uncle years ago had something similar to what you are describing and that's what his doctor told him.  He went on a diet to lower his cholesterol and they faded and finallly disappeared. 

    Hopefully yours is an easy answer as just lowering your cholesterol.  Good luck and please follow up with us if you find out something that could be helpful to us!



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    Hi Blxsix ~

    If you google "yellow spots around the eyes" you'll find some information and pictures that you can compare to yours.  What I did find is, and I don't want to alarm you because I'm not a doctor and this is just a simple google...nothing written in stone but I found yellow patches around the eyelids was a more reliable sign of heart disease in women because of their lower overall risk.  Just something to think about and possibly get checked?

    Good luck

    Warm regards,



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