Jaundice is caused by a buildup of bilirubin pigment in the bloodstream due to an infection in the liver, or liver disease. The skin, as well as the whites of the eyes, may turn a yellowish color. In addition, some patients who are diagnosed with jaundice may develop an itching sensation all over their body. Certain over-the-counter remedies may help cure the itch. You may also want to check with your physician about obtaining a prescription for anti-itch medication.
Things You'll Need
- Over-the-counter antihistamene (pill form)
- Cortisone cream
- Precription for cholestyramine (optional)
Ask your physician whether it is safe for you to take an antihistamene in pill form. If you have a severe liver disorder, you may not be able to take it safely.
Take one or two antihistamene pills every four to six hours, or as directed by the brand, if your physician says it's safe for you to do so. Continue the dosage for four or five days or until the itch has subsided.
Rub a generous amount of cortisone cream on the affected area(s). Cortisone cream is an over-the-counter steroid cream that will help calm the itching skin.
Take a warm bath or hot shower two or three times a day. The heat and steam from the shower will help alleviate the itching and calm the skin. After showering, apply the cortisone cream again, as well as a gentle moisturizer.
Contact your doctor about obtaining a prescription for cholestyramine or a similar anti-itch medication. Use as directed by your doctor; you will probably be told to use it for about a week. If you have a serious liver condition, your doctor may prescribe this option for you first in order to eliminate any harsh effects antihistamines may have, as they are passed through the liver.