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Jaundice (cont.)

Prevention

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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