What is bilirubin?

Bilirubin is a byproduct forming in our body after the breakdown of old red blood cells. As the red blood cells are produced in our body with the time and as the red blood cells get old they break down into pieces and these pieces are known as the bilirubins. After breaking down bilirubins are passed into the liver through the bloodstream, then liver sorts them with the waste in the fluid form called bile. This fluid known as the bile exists through the intestine.

What increases the bilirubin in the body?

The most common cause of increasing bilirubin is viral hepatitis such as hepatitis A, B, C and E. bilirubin can be transmitted from one person to another if shared with the same needles or syringes, If the infected person donates blood to healthy person, having multiple sex partners.

Other causes of increasing bilirubin level are: consumption of excessive alcohol, use of over the counter toxin materials and medications for adequate times. Some of the diseases are also responsible such as metabolic disorders, autoimmune disorders and some cancers.

What is a bilirubin blood test?

Bilirubin blood test is a test performed to measure the level of bilirubin in your body. In this process a sample of blood is taken out and it is given into a lab for measuring the bilirubin level. Results will ensure whether the range of bilirubin is normal or not. If the bilirubin is low or high, in both cases the body has some or the side effects so it is important to let the level be normalized for other body organs functioning. 

Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Not getting hungary 
  • Eyes get yellow in color
  • Urine arrive yellowish 
  • Symptoms of jaundice are noticed
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Swollen legs
  • Vomiting
  • Blood with vomiting
  • Blood with stools
  • Black coloured stool
  • Effects of increased bilirubin on health
  • Causing jaundice
  • Problem in liver functioning
  • Gallstones 
  • Cholangitis 
  • Cholecystitis 
  • Liver failure
  • Cirrhosis 

Prevention 

  • Preventing yourself from viral hepatitis is the most effective prevention for increased bilirubin
  • Avoid spoiled water and food instead take clean and fresh water and food
  • Take vaccines of hepatitis A & B
  • Stay hydrated and avoid dehydration to let your liver get clean
  • Avoid regular intake of alcohol
  • Do not take medicines directly from the chemists for any kind of disease or health problems

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