Jaundice Relapse | Can Jaundice Come Back | Can Jaundice Return

Question: Can jaundice happen again after getting cured once?

Jaundice Relapse

Answer:  Jaundice is not a disease condition or a syndrome but a symptom which can be caused due to host of disorders of the liver. Jaundice occurs when the biliary tract is obstructed and prevents the cleansing of the blood, which in turn results in icterus or yellowish pigmentation of the skin, sclera, nails, etc.

Yes, jaundice can occur several times in your life span depending upon your dietary patterns, your habits, etc.

Can Jaundice Return?

In patients with Hepatitis B infection, jaundice can occur several times.
Here are some tips to prevent the recurrence of jaundice,

  • Ensure that your diet is high in fiber and low in fats. Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. Cheese, butter, oily and fatty food should be consumed in moderation. Spicy food should be eaten occasionally.
  • Yoghurt aids in the growth of ‘healthy bacteria’ in the colon. These healthy bacteria result in production of Vitamin K, which is essential for a healthy liver.
  • Milk and milk products should be an integral part of your diet
  • Avoid meat and meat products. These products are difficult to digest and put extra strain on the liver
  • Alcohol abuse results in cirrhosis of the liver, which in turn results in jaundice. Smoking can also have detrimental effect on liver health

4 thoughts on “Jaundice Relapse | Can Jaundice Come Back | Can Jaundice Return

  • March 13, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I am repeatedly suffering from jaundice for 4 times since last year. What is the cause and what is the treatment.

    • March 13, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Jaundice is yellow discoloration of skin and whites of the eye. It occurs due to excess of bilirubin and bile pigments. There are many causes of jaundice. It can be due to viral infection which causes viral hepatitis A, B or E. The other reason is obstruction of bile duct due to gall bladder stone. Thirdly, in malaria there is rise in bile pigments and bilirubin due to excess destruction of red blood cells. This can give rise to raised bilirubin level in the blood and jaundice. Several other causes are also noted. It is necessary to find the cause, before starting any treatment. You may also require thorough investigations such as sonogram of liver and various other blood tests. Considering all the above facts it is necessary to consult a gastroenterologist for arriving at correct diagnosis.

  • December 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I have just recovered from jaundice but I am again suffering from nausea and tonsils. Is it relapse of jaundice?

    • December 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      The possibility of recurrence is very less. However, you should check SGPT, SGOT and bilirubin level in blood. Since you are also suffering from tonsillitis, nausea can also be due to this problem. However, you should consult your doctor.


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