Carotenemia is a condition that causes the skin to turn a yellow color caused by high levels of beta-carotene in the blood. It is commonly a result of prolonged and excessive consumption of carotene-rich foods, such as carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes. Carotenemia has also been related to hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, hepatic disorders, anorexia nervosa, and renal diseases. The condition is harmless, but is often mistaken for jaundice. Because carotenemia is benign, no treatment is necessary. By limiting the amount of carotene-rich foods, carotene levels typically drop within a week and the yellow discoloration of the skin disappears within a few weeks/months.