Common signs of jaundice include:
- The appearance of a yellow tinge to the mucous membranes, the skin and the white part of the eyes.
- Pale stools
- Dark urine
In newborns, the yellowish trace can begin from the head and spread down all over the body to the toes.
The build-up of a yellow substance in your body called bilirubin causes jaundice. There are also multiple reasons for this, some of which are serious.
Some possible reasons include the following:
The function of the liver relates to jaundice. Taking care of the liver through several lifestyle modifications can help.
Simple, effective modifications include;
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a balanced diet
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Avoiding toxins from chemicals and other sources
- Managing medications carefully
- avoiding smoking, alcohol, and intravenous drugs
- Don’t have more than the recommended dose of prescribed medications
- Get proper travel vaccination before traveling
- Practice safer sex
The underlying cause of jaundice determines the course of treatment.
Jaundice can cause pruritis or itching. For mild pruritis, a person can take antihistamines and warm oatmeal baths. The doctor may recommend colestipol or cholestyramine for people with moderate to severe pruritis.
Depending on the severity of the injury, a liver transplant might be required because jaundice can sometimes signify liver damage.
Reviewed by – Dr. Priyanka, MBBS MD
Page last reviewed: 04 October 2022