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How many months one should avoid alcohol during jaundice?

(November 15, 2011)

If you have suffered from a bout of jaundice, be warned that this is a serious illness. It can have long-term effects on your health. Jaundice is caused due to an increase in the bilirubin levels in the blood. This increase in bilirubin can be a result of several factors, one of them being alcohol induced jaundice. However, irrespective of what caused this illness, jaundice leads to a weak immune system, poor digestion and a damaged liver.

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If your jaundice has been caused by excessive consumption of alcohol, keep in mind that this is symptomatic of a full-blown alcoholic liver disease. Jaundice is also one of the symptoms of the early stages of cirrhosis of the liver. Alcohol induced jaundice can also happen if you are a moderate drinker and this can be linked to a number of other factors such as heredity, obesity, low immune system, etc. Whatever the reasons may be, if you suffer from jaundice, you really should not be thinking of drinking alcohol any time in the near future. Alcohol in jaundice places an undue strain on your liver and digestive system. It causes the liver to produce certain toxic substances that lead to an inflammation or irritation of the liver cells. If you have had jaundice and continue to drink, you are damaging your liver further by not giving it time to recover. In time, this continued alcohol consumption may lead to liver failure and your only hope of recovery would be a liver transplant. A drastic measure for sure and one you need to avoid at all costs.

Recovery from jaundice requires a strict diet for a few months. This allows your liver and digestive system to revert to its normal functioning, slowly but surely. Your fluid intake should remain high both during and after your attack of jaundice. Drink lots of water, fresh fruit and vegetable juices to keep the body hydrated and maintain your electrolyte balance. A week or so later, you can slowly add a light diet containing fresh vegetables and fruits and cereals. However, all spices, oil and fats such as butter and cheese have to avoided. Your intake of fatty and heavy foods will be restricted for up to a month after your attack of jaundice. Drinking water with lemon juice throughout your recovery will aid in the healing of your damaged liver cells. Alcohol is pretty much out of the question for at least a year after jaundice.

Submitted by N on November 15, 2011 at 05:06


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