Myths related to jaundice and hepatitis
Myth: Jaundice is completely waterborne infection.
Fact: Waterborne infections such as, Hepatitis A and E are due to jaundice, but these can not be the only reason. Hepatitis B and C, malaria, leptospirosis are also the cause of jaundice and they are not bornwater. Obstruction in the bile duct due to gall stones or cancer also leads to jaundice.
Myth: Jaundice is caused by liver problems.
Fact: This is not always the case. Inhibition of flow of blood and bile and extra rupture of red blood cells can also cause jaundice. [known as resistant jaundice].
Myth: In jaundice, itching means that you are recovering.
Fact: Obstructive jaundice often occurs with acute itching. But this is not a sign of recovery.
Myth: The extra sleep is normal during jaundice.
Fact: Although fatigue is common during jaundice, but the changing pattern of excessive drowsiness or sleep is not normal. [Daytime sleepiness, and insomnia at night] This may be a warning sign of liver failure, which indicates the need for emergency medical care.
Myth: Once the jaundice is detected, you do not need to check further because there is no cure for it.
Fact: It is important to evaluate jaundice with the help of lever function test for information on severity and causes. Only then can you be completely cured. Often, the causes of jaundice are treated. But if you do not investigate further, then you will not be able to reach the root cause of the problem, and due to the absence of treatment, the risk of lever damage or problems of life threatening life like liver deterioration can be threatened. [cirrhosis of the liver]
Myth: People with jaundice should eat without spices and very small quantities. Also avoid eating non-vegetarian food should be avoided.
Fact: You do not need to eat tasteless food. In fact, due to inappropriate nutrition and deficiency of nutrients, Nausea problems increase.
Doctors do not advise to eat fast flavors during jaundice because this can cause nausea. Therefore, you need to eat a normal diet with less spices and balanced diet. It helps in fixing the lever faster with providing the right nutrients to the body. By taking small and repeated times, most patients suffer from nausea and vomiting, but also helps keep food in the stomach. This improves overall calorie intake.
Myth: Adults suffering from jaundice should take anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric and ginger. But yellowing of turmeric can increase the symptoms of jaundice.
Fact: There is no evidence that proves that lever recovery by consuming these substances occurs. In addition, turmeric yellow color does not increase bilirubin. Therefore its intake is recommended in small quantities and there is no harm to it.
Myth: Sugarcane juice is the best treatment for jaundice.
Fact: Though sugar cane is a good source of carbohydrate, which helps in increasing nutrients in your diet, but it is definitely not a treatment option.
Myth: The newborn should drink water when jaundiced.
Fact: It is believed that when a newborn has jaundice, it means that the child is not adjusting with his mother’s milk. Instead the child should be fed water. But the fact is that the mother’s milk is the best, safe and full meal option for a newborn baby. Drinking water to the newborn may be jaundice bad, and if there is no cleanliness, other causes of infection can also be caused. Therefore it is important to continue breastfeeding only for the newborn.