Carotenemia Treatment & Management

Updated: Mar 30, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Treatment

Approach Considerations

Dietary treatment

Reassure parents of pediatric patients that diet-induced carotenemia is a benign condition that requires no treatment. If extreme parental anxiety is present, physicians can inform parents which foods are rich in carotene, and the child can be placed on a carotene-deficient diet.

With elimination of the intake of carotene-rich foods, serum carotene levels drop sharply within a week and the yellow discoloration of the skin gradually disappears over several weeks to months. Medications are not indicated for the treatment of diet-induced carotenemia.

Inform parents that many green vegetables, such as spinach and green beans, are rich in carotene. [14]

Other causes of carotenemia are extremely rare in children. When suspected, direct appropriate investigation and treatment toward the underlying etiology.