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Dr. Kennedy Carotenemia is the temporary yellowing of the skin due to excessive beta carotene in the diet or taken in as a supplement. Beta carotene is an antioxidant (a substance that protects cells against oxidation damage) and is converted by the body to vitamin A. Carotenemia is most commonly seen in infants fed too many mashed carrots, or in adults taking in large quantities of carrots, carrot juice or supplementary beta carotene. Other common food sources of beta carotene include vegetables such as squash, sweet potatoes, spinach and other leafy green vegetables, and fruit such as cantaloupes and apricots.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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