Jaundice in Louisiana

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Jaundice is a common condition that occurs when the color of the skin, as well as the white regions of the eyes, turn yellow. The issue results if bilirubin (yellow-orange byproduct made by the destruction of red blood cells within the liver) is not able to get eliminated by the body fast enough. Jaundice can be the result of an infection, liver issues, abnormal red blood cells, hepatitis, gallstones, and tumors. If you have jaundice, it's a good idea to get in touch with a gastrointestinal provider. You can consult with a local specialist in Louisiana at GastroGroup & Endocenter.

The severity of your symptoms are dependent on the underlying cause of jaundice and how quickly it's developed. Signs of severe jaundice are a temperature higher than 100°F, and an increasing of the yellow shade.

When short-term cases of jaundice are observed, it's generally because of an infection. Some symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Yellowing of the skin color
  • Dark-colored urine and/or clay-colored stool

When not caused by an infection, symptoms can lead to itchy skin, weight loss and stomach pain. Biliary tract cancer or pancreatic cancers can be the cause. When jaundice happens because of liver disease, you may experience:

  • Hepatitis A, B, or C
  • Inflammation of the liver
  • Pyoderma gangrenosum (skin disease)
  • Inflammation of the joints (polyarthralgia)

The seriousness of jaundice isn't able to be determined by a visual examination. A GI doctor commonly provides blood testing to check the total bilirubin. Additional tests may be advised by our GastroGroup & Endocenter providers, such as blood type, erythrocyte count to check for an existing issue.

According to the stage of jaundice, the issue might be treated with a variety of options. Our Louisiana providers may recommend treatment that involves checking for signs of liver disease (like bruised skin, spider veins, and palmar erythema (red color in the palms and fingertips).

A urine test may also be advised to check for bilirubin levels. Sometimes, a test to check the size or tenderness of your liver is performed to help diagnose jaundice or other liver issues. While jaundice doesn't generally require treatment when present in adults, it is important to find the root cause of jaundice. Contact our team if you've experienced yellowing of the skin and eyes in addition to:

  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Stomach pain
  • Gas or upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
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When you notice the whites of your eyes and skin turning yellow, we want to assure you that this concern is very frequent and readily solvable. The specialists at GastroGroup & Endocenter can treat jaundice and other disorders that impact the liver. When you're seeking a GI provider providing treatment for jaundice in Louisiana that you can rely on, connect with our office today.

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