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J Dermatol. 1998 Oct;25(10):685-7.

A case of carotenodermia caused by a diet of the dried seaweed called Nori.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Yokohama City University School of Medicine, Japan.


Carotenodermia may arise from excessive dietary intake of carotene containing foods. We reported a 22-year-old woman who had eaten excessive amount of carotene-rich seaweed to lose weight. Her skin color changed to orange-yellow, and her serum beta-carotene was 573 micrograms/dl. After stopping the ingestion of seaweed, her skin color returned to normal.

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