1. What is included in the jaundice treatment for adults?
As such, jaundice is a symptom which does not demand any specific treatment and is self-limiting (acute viral hepatitis). A person becomes healthy post healing of the liver. Hence, the physicians target the condition that leads to jaundice. In the case of bile ducts, blockage treatment recommended by the physicians is surgery.
2. What foods can help me in managing jaundice better?
Foods to be included are:
Diet high in fibres such as fruits (grapes, grapefruit, berries, avocado), vegetables (kale, broccoli), whole grains, brown rice, legumes, oatmeal, nuts and almonds
Foodstuffs rich in digestive enzymes such as honey, pineapple, mango, papaya and orange peels
Water (minimum of eight glasses a day) and fluids such as coffee and herbal tea
3. Is light therapy useful in jaundice?
Light therapy also called phototherapy, carried out using specific light, is sometimes used for treating jaundice in newborns. It works by a mechanism called photo-oxidation, which helps to lower blood bilirubin levels by assisting in the breakdown of bilirubin and its easy removal from the body.
4. What is included in the treatment of infant jaundice?
The mild form of jaundice disappears in 2-3 weeks. Treatment includes (mild-moderate cases):
Light therapy in which blue-green spectrum of light is used to treat jaundice by placing the child below it only with diapers on
Intravenous immunoglobulin (protein lowering antibodies)
Exchange transfusion (removing and replacing small amounts of blood) that is required in severe forms
5. How long will it take to treat jaundice?
Various factors decide the course of treatment for jaundice, such as the age of the baby and the levels of bilirubin. One or two weeks are required to treat mild disease whereas moderate to severe jaundice takes longer till the bilirubin levels get back to normal.