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An increase in the level of bilirubin in blood can cause the fatal disease Jaundice which is also known as icterus. Accumulation of bile pigment in blood results in yellowing of the skin which is the most common symptom for this ailment. The tern Jaundice drives from the French word “jaune” which in English means yellow.

This disease not only increases the level of bilirubin in blood but it also increases the level of bilirubin in extracellular fluids. Generally, the normal presence of bilirubin in plasma is 0.5 mg/dL but when a person suffers from this disease this level shoots up to1.5 mg/dL which is three times higher than the normal presence of bilirubin in blood.

Causes of Jaundice

Bilirubin is essential for digesting food properly and it is secreted from gall bladder. However excess bilirubin can cause jaundice. If in any case, red blood cells do not complete their average life span in the liver they are often broken down to bilirubin which in turn causes jaundice.

At times the side effects of some drugs can cause this disease. People who consume alcohol regularly are susceptible to this disease. Malfunctioning of liver resulting in increased bilirubin level can cause this malady.

A blockage in liver ducts can force bilirubin to bounce back into the blood and it can also cause this disease. Gallstone is one such impediment that generally creates this kind of problem. Genetic flaws and incompatibility of rhesus blood group can also cause this lethal disease. Malfunctioning of thyroid glands may also cause Jaundice.

Jaundice Symptoms

Yellowing of the eyes and skin is one of the conspicuous and obvious symptoms of this fatal disease. One can experience a kind of itchy feeling in his/her skin if he/she is affected by this disease. It has been observed that yellowing of skin starts from the face and then it pervades in every part of a person’s body. The first organ to show this symptom is the eyes.

If a new born baby is affected by this disease the parent will observe that their baby is not eating properly and sleeping most of the time. Dark yellow urination and pale complexion are the two common symptoms of this disease.

Treatment for Jaundice

Before starting a treatment of Jaundice, one needs to under go simple blood test for confirming the fact that he is being afflicted by this disease. Though yellow skin often makes it evident yet it is the best to confirm it.

If a child is attacked by this disease, a phototherapy or light therapy can cure that child from Jaundice. There is no well defined cure; however proper rest and food are believed to work wonders. If the level of bilirubin crosses a certain dangerous level, practitioners generally use blood transfusion to recuperate a patient from this disease. Antiviral medication and antibiotics are also applied to treat a patient. Liver biopsy also is usually done.


Eating green vegetables and fruits can help a Jaundice patience to recuperate from this disease. One has to drink approximately 2.5 liters to 3 liters of water on a regular basis. Try to shun alcohol, coffee, junk foods and soda pop. If one can follow these instructions, one can notice a visible change in his bilirubin level in blood.

Further avoiding processed food for example, white flour, white sugar as far as possible, can help a patient to be cured from this disease without facing any further complication. One should not eat animal fats and meat or any kind of dairy products for example: milk, cheese etc.

A light exercise or yoga can help a person to fight against this disease. A sound sleep and a short morning work can help a patient immensely to recuperate from Jaundice.

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my son is 9 years old and he got his stools in complete green color what is the cause is it jaundice symptom please suggest me.
#1 - jdmercy - 11/27/2008 - 13:27
Iam get Jaundice in childhood.Now my age is 25. Jaundice level is increase in 2.68. How its get cure. Please suggest me
#2 - V.Gopi - 12/20/2008 - 04:05
i'm 24 yr old first time i got the jaundice initially it was 5.27 but after treatment after 15days it comes down to 2.9 .plz give me suggession to overcome from this. wheather i should take hepetitis injection so that it could not increase again.
#3 - santosh - 03/13/2009 - 23:54
i am suferring this disease from the last six months initially it was 3.5 but now i have recovered a bit..what precautionary measures should be taken to fight jaundice.
#4 - sajad ahmad mir - 09/25/2009 - 10:48
a blood test confirms that i am having 1.58..initially i was having fever for 4-5 days.but now i recovered from fever,but my urine is yellow..is this due to medications or increase in jaundice symptoms..
what step should i take to get out of this
#5 - jimmy karloopia - 04/18/2010 - 10:00
I m suffering from jaundice after 15 days now the direct is 0.7 & total is 2.1 . Now shall i need more rest. But my worry is eyes and urine are still in yellow color. I m feeling more hungry and i m feeling gud . is the rest is still needed. pl advice.
#6 - Arun R - 06/23/2010 - 01:06
hi.i'm 17 yrs of age.initialy my jaundice level was 10.53... i consulted a doctor. after 10 day my jaundice level s reduced to 4.6. i hav recoverd alot......precautions must b taken for it. thAnk u !
#7 - rajiv - 07/12/2010 - 01:50
hi...i'm the same guy who reported before....now i'm free from jaundice.now my level is 0.9.....dont et oily items,dont drink milk and avoid curd.....thank u !
#8 - rajiv - 07/27/2010 - 01:55
my son 4 years he having jaundice level of 1.0 and he is feeeling pain intesttine what i have to do advice me thanks
#9 - diwas - 08/24/2010 - 10:37
i had level of 30 direct in jaundice test and i'm taking 10 days treatment it's came to 20 after 20 days it came to 10 now its .23 in total but some time i feel damn tied and fell like fiver.Can i take Alcoholic bear after 3 months ply any one [@]ist me
#10 - vijay - 10/12/2010 - 04:09
yesterday i have cheack my blood sample & found jaundice level 1.5 please [@]ist me what to do.
#11 - KISHOR - 02/25/2011 - 00:32
hi im 24 years old my jaundice level of 1.3 so dont take anything worrng like alcohol coffee fry food etc. i eat just fruit and juice .so please [@]ist me what to do now
#12 - prince jamba - 07/09/2011 - 01:03
hi im jenn 22 years old im experiencing jaundice for about 22 years i didint feel something wrong with my health just having yellowish sclera my direct bibirubin is 78 help me what to do please
#13 - jenn - 07/17/2011 - 18:59
hi i am 42 yrs old having a total bilirubin of 1.98,
what precautions must be taken
#14 - J SINGH - 11/12/2011 - 08:37
i have jaundice n its above 2.9 wat shal i do to get it low n totally cured
#15 - mamta - 10/30/2012 - 10:37
i have jaundice n its above 2.9 wat shal i do to get it low n totally cured
#16 - mamta - 10/30/2012 - 10:37
I am 26 yrs and my direct bilirubin is 11.18 and indirect is 2.14 I.e total bilirubin is 13.32 plz advice me what to eat n drink to reduc the levels Plz help......
#17 - Anishind - 11/03/2012 - 08:23
I am 26 yrs and my direct bilirubin is 11.18 and indirect is 2.14 I.e total bilirubin is 13.32 plz advice me what to eat n drink to reduc the levels Plz help me to get rid
#18 - Anishind - 11/03/2012 - 08:24
i have jaundice at 1.5 now it s normal three month over now i can go to gym or exciese
#19 - anuraj - 12/17/2012 - 21:01
I have jaundice about two years back wheather it will come again or not
#20 - raj - 09/18/2013 - 01:43
Hi i m 23 years and my total bilurubin is 2.9 ..mujhe 5 months se jondius hai my eyes yellow pls tell me for best medicine my mail I'd [email protected] gmail.com
Pllllllllllz help me
#21 - Ganesh - 09/30/2014 - 14:49
Hi iam 25yrs old...suffering from jaundice.... for the first few daz of treatment i got good sound sleep....after that iam not getting good sleep.....blood reports are normal..no digestion problem..little bit energetic too but not getting sleep .....please suggest me how to overcome this sleepless problem
#22 - HARSHA - 11/29/2014 - 21:28
i am 42 years old, i am having jaundice, my bilirubin is 4.8 what precaution to be taken please advise me.
#23 - deepa - 08/01/2015 - 00:33
I have a jaundice since 1 year nd it was not decreasing . I have took many medecine but not getting well . so please help me what should I do ?? my bilirubin level is 3.8 nd direct is 1.0 .please help me .. my email id . [email protected]
#24 - Aashish - 06/09/2016 - 11:46
As I\'m 55 years old last 2year\'s back I had gall bladder surgery.and I\'m also having coronary heart disease. chronic kidney disease.3 day back again ERCP procedure and I\'m having jaundice what diet I want to take..... please help me......
#25 - Murulidhar - 01/01/2017 - 11:10
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