The incidence of jaundice is promoted by certain shifts in lifestyle. If you are inclining towards being overweight, you are spreading an invitation for jaundice.
Likewise, those addicted to drinking alcohol are believed to be at a greater risk of getting jaundice.
Jaundice is the situation where the skin begins to assume a yellow hue and the white portion of the eyes also begins to change color. The yellowing action is caused by increase in a substance called bilirubin. It builds up in the blood as well as the tissues to give them a yellow color.
Jaundice is caused by a variety of factors, all of which point to the excess production or a reduction of bilirubin in the blood. There may be an inflammation of the liver that can possibly reduce the ability of the liver to secrete bilirubin. Bilirubin is stored in the liver in this case
. The bile duct's inflammation can also cause jaundice. Bile is required to remove bilirubin, and when bile's secretion is restricted, the consequent removal of bilirubin is impeded.
As a result, there is accumulation of bilirubin resulting in jaundice. If the liver is not allowed to do its job of getting rid of bilirubin, there is an accumulation of bilirubin leading to jaundice. Conditions of haemolytic anemia or Gilbert's syndrome are also known to be productive of jaundice.
The treatment meted out to a patient of jaundice depends on the type of jaundice he or she has and the extent of infection. The underlying symptoms of jaundice like itching may be tackled first.