You can take a multivitamin or iron-fortified foods to improve bilirubin levels at home. But it’s best to consult a doctor if you have symptoms of jaundice.
If you’ve been diagnosed with Gilbert’s syndrome, your doctor will likely prescribe medication to help improve your bilirubin levels.
How does the bil?
Bilirubin is formed when red blood cells break down. Bilirubin is a yellowish-grey substance. Bilirubin is made inside red blood cells, and it’s also found in the liver.
A person has normal bilirubin levels when they have healthy red blood cells. Bilirubin levels are higher in people who have Gilbert’s syndrome. In this condition, the liver doesn’t make enough bilirubin, and it’s passed out of red blood cells.
Bilirubin is sometimes referred to as “the bil.”
What causes jaundice?
As mentioned, jaundice, or yellowing of the skin or eyes, is due to a buildup of bilirubin, which is a byproduct of red blood cells.
If bilirubin builds up in your bloodstream, your liver is forced to release it into your bloodstream. This causes your skin and eyes to turn yellow.
How do you test for jaundice?
Your doctor will usually order blood tests to check bilirubin levels and look for Gilbert’s syndrome. A blood test to check bilirubin levels is called a bilirubin test.
Blood tests can be done in a number of different ways. Your doctor will likely use one of the following methods:
- A simple, in-office test. This test is used to check bilirubin levels at home.
- A blood test that’s taken at a clinic or doctor’s office. This test is done in a laboratory.
- A bilirubin blood test that’s taken at home. This test is called a “home test.”
Most doctors check bilirubin levels by taking a sample of blood and testing it. This method is fast and easy. It helps to check bilirubin levels quickly.
However, blood tests are one of the most commonly ordered tests. People usually need blood tests more frequently than home tests.
The doctor will take the blood sample and send it to a lab for testing.
How is jaundice treated?
Gilbert’s syndrome is treated with a medication called ursodiol. This medication helps to reduce bilirubin levels. It’s usually given by mouth.
After ursodiol treatment, your bilirubin levels should be lower than they were before treatment.
However, if you have Gilbert’s syndrome and your bilirubin levels are high, your doctor may want to take a blood test to monitor your condition.
If you have Gilbert’s syndrome, your doctor will likely want to monitor your bilirubin levels over time.
What are the complications of jaundice?
If bilirubin builds up in your bloodstream, you can have complications. These include:
- Jaundice, which is a yellowing of the skin and eyes
- Dark urine
- Dark stools
How can I prevent jaundice?
If you have Gilbert’s syndrome, it’s important to help prevent jaundice.
For example, you can:
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Lose weight or keep it off.
- Avoid alcohol, which can increase bilirubin levels.
People with Gilbert’s syndrome should avoid taking ursodiol. This is because it increases bilirubin levels.
What is the outlook for jaundice?
You can have jaundice for a number of reasons, including the following:
- Gilbert’s syndrome
- Liver disease
- High bilirubin levels
- Certain drugs that lower bilirubin levels, such as ursodiol
- Certain medications
- A reaction to a drug
- Sickle-cell disease
- A disorder called hemolytic anemia
It’s important to keep your bilirubin levels under control. This will help avoid complications. Some complications of jaundice include:
- Blurred vision
- Severe itching
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Increased urination
- Severe fatigue
- Lowered red blood cell count
- Poor wound healing
If you’ve been diagnosed with Gilbert’s syndrome, it’s vital to keep your bilirubin levels at a normal level. This will help avoid complications.
Gilbert’s syndrome can be treated. If you have Gilbert’s syndrome, you can reduce bilirubin levels by taking ursodiol.
If you have Gilbert’s syndrome and your bilirubin levels are high, you may need to monitor your condition.
The outlook for Gilbert’s syndrome varies. The condition is treatable, and complications can be avoided.
What is a high bilirubin level?
Some people with Gilbert’s syndrome have high bilirubin levels. This means that their bilirubin levels are above the normal range.
High bilirubin levels can occur due to Gilbert’s syndrome. However, high bilirubin levels can also be caused by other conditions. These include:
- Gilbert’s disease, which is a rare genetic disorder
- Liver damage
- Liver damage caused by alcohol
- Liver damage caused by hepatitis
How can high bilirubin levels lead to jaundice?
High bilirubin levels can cause jaundice. Jaundice is a condition that causes your skin or eyes to turn yellow.
High bilirubin levels also increase the risk of liver disease, including liver damage.
Liver damage can lead to jaundice. This is because bilirubin can get into your bloodstream and cause liver damage.
A liver disorder called hemolytic anemia can also cause jaundice. This is because the liver can’t filter bilirubin out of the bloodstream. This is called jaundice.
What are the symptoms of high bilirubin levels?
If you have high bilirubin, you may experience the following:
- Yellow skin or eyes
- Dark stool
- Low blood pressure
You might also experience:
- Light-colored urine
- Light-colored stools
- Pain or itching in your stomach
What are the complications of high bilirubin?
High bilirubin can increase your risk of complications. These can include the following:
- Liver failure
- Liver cancer
High bilirubin can also cause jaundice. This is because high bilirubin can be toxic to the liver.
The liver is responsible for filtering bilirubin out of the bloodstream and removing bilirubin from the body. If bilirubin builds up in the liver, it can cause damage.
If bilirubin builds up in your blood, it can cause jaundice. This is because bilirubin can bind to the blood cells and cause them to burst.
The symptoms of jaundice depend on the cause of your high bilirubin.
What’s the outlook?
Depending on the cause of your jaundice, your outlook will vary. Your outlook will depend on what’s causing your jaundice. It’s important to keep your bilirubin levels under control. This will help avoid complications.
Gilbert’s syndrome is treatable, and complications can be avoided.
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