How much time does it take to cure regular jaundice in adults?
- “Regular jaundice”, is usually viral hepatitis.
- There are 5 types of hepatitis viruses named A, B, C, D and E. Of these, A and E viruses can cause jaundice in the community through contaminated water or food.
- If you have these viruses, they are self-limiting in >95% of cases. You should be feeling better in 2–4weeks and jaundice should be gone in 4–6 weeks. LFT reports may take longer to normalise completely. The maximum time taken is 6 months- in few cases.
- If you have other causes of jaundice, this does not apply.
Can a jaundice patient eat pulses?
- Proteins are very important and as a matter of fact more proteins are required to help in the recovery from illnesses including viral hepatitis.
- Proteins do not require bile for digestion. There is no evidence to suggest that patients with hepatitis cannot digest proteins.
- It is a common myth. Also prevalent amongst doctors.
- Even if the jaundice is due to cirrhosis, protein need to be consumed at least 1g/kg unless there is encephalopathy (brain edema).
Is jaundice contagious?
- There are a number of causes of jaundice.
- The most common cause are viral infections. Viruses causes inflammation in the liver and hence this is known as “viral hepatitis”.
- The viruses are labelled from A to E.
- If these hepatitis A and hepatitis E spread through contaminated food/water (i.e. feco-oral route). These viruses are contagious. They cause outbreaks and epidemics especially in summer and in places with poor sanitation.
- Other hepatitis viruses like B, C and D spread through blood products, infected needles or syringes and unsafe sexual practices.
- There are non infectious causes of “hepatitis” and jaundice like medications, alcohol, Wilson's etc.