Jaundice The definition of jaundice is, “yellowdiscoloration of the skin and the whites of the eyes”
Cause• Jaundice can be caused by disorders of the• -liver• -gall bladder• -pancreas• It could also be caused by high levels of bilirubin in the blood or something blocking the bile ducts• When a baby is in the womb and the blood is not compatible it can cause jaundice.• New born liver starts slow• -bruises sustained at birth, herpes infection, hepatitis, mononucleosis
Symptoms• Some of the symptoms that Jaundice causes are• -yellowing in the eye whites and the skin• -liver cannot process all the bilirubin produced• -red blood cell life is shorter• -makes you sleepy• -Nausea, vomiting, pain in the abdomen, swelling in the abdomen• -Itching, dark colored urine, pale coloured feces
Systems affected• There are two systems affected the Digestion system and the Circulatory system.
Transmission• Jaundice can not be transferred from one person to another because it is not contagious.
Diagnosis• -Blood tests• -CT scanning• -MRI• -ERCP• -Ultra sound scanning• -Laparoscopy• -Liver biopsy• -Examination• -dark urine• -pale feces• -press on forehead and if skin is white your okay if skin is yellow you should get checked• -questions suck as: Use of alcohol, use of herbal supplements, use of medicines, abdominal surgery, HIV exposure, Family history of liver disease
Treatment• -Combination of various herbs and homeopathic remedies• -babies may receive photo therapy• -Treat the underlying cause• -If untreatable they will use treatments to relieve symptoms suck as itching
Prognosis• -Yellow skin and whites of eyes• -Liver doesn’t work as well• -Treatment to relieve some symptoms
People at risk• People are more at risk if they abuse drugs or alcohol because it is hard on the liver.
Prevention• You can help and prevent yourself from getting jaundice by treating your body with care and don’t abuse drugs or alcohol. But This will not help everyone.