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Jaundice, Ambulatory Care

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Jaundice

is yellowing of your skin and eyes. It is caused by high levels of bilirubin in your body. Jaundice may be a symptom of liver, pancreas, or gallbladder problems. Genetic disorders, medicines such as acetaminophen, or excess alcohol use may also cause jaundice.

Normal Jaundice

Other symptoms include the following:

  • Tea-colored urine
  • Pale or gray bowel movements
  • Itching
  • Fatigue or unexplained weight loss
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • Confusion

Seek immediate care for the following symptoms:

  • Severe abdominal pain or a fever
  • Sudden lightheadedness or feeling faint

Treatment for jaundice

may include medicine to decrease your jaundice and reduce itching. You may need one or more procedures to find or remove a blockage in your pancreas or gallbladder.

Manage your symptoms:

  • Drink more liquids as directed. Liquids help you stay hydrated and urinate more. This helps prevent harm to your kidneys. Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.
  • Eat foods low in fat. Healthy low-fat foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. These foods are easier to digest and may help reduce your symptoms.
  • Do not drink alcohol. Alcohol harms your liver and may make your symptoms worse.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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