The underlying medical condition causing jaundice can in some cases be prevented. Some preventive measures include the following:
- Avoid heavy alcohol use (alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and pancreatitis).
- Vaccines for hepatitis (hepatitis A, hepatitis B)
- Take medications which prevent malaria before travelling to high-risk regions.
- Avoid high-risk behaviors such as intravenous drug use or unprotected intercourse (hepatitis B).
- Avoid potentially contaminated food/water and maintain good hygiene (hepatitis A).
- Avoid medications that can cause hemolysis in susceptible individuals (such as those with G6PD deficiency, a condition that leads to red blood cell breakdown after consumption of certain substances).
- Avoid medications and toxins which can cause hemolysis or directly damage the liver.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/5/2014
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