Every time a drinking plan gets cancelled with friends, your liver and wallet secretly thank you, similarly a heart break too directly affects your liver if you lean on alcohol for support. Alcohol and the liver have long had a hate relationship that has lead generations and generations of people’s lives to revolve around hospitals for liver problems.
Liver problems can be inherited or caused by various factors, one of the most prominent one being alcohol consumption, however not the only one.
Here are some common causes of liver problems and diseases:
- Infections: Parasites and viruses are responsible for causing inflammation and reduced liver function. The common types of infections are Hepatitis viruses like Hepatitis A, B and C.
- Abnormality in the immune system: These are autoimmune liver diseases where immune system attacks certain body parts.
- Genetics: This could be through one or both of your parents.
- Cancer: Liver cancer, bile duct cancer are extremely common.
- Other factors: Alcohol abuse and accumulation of fat inside the liver (non-alcoholic fat)
Now that we’ve seen the causes of liver diseases and problems, let’s look at the signs and symptoms involved so that you may have a fair idea and take medical help or guide someone else to.
- Significant yellowing of eyes and skin (indicator of Jaundice)
- Pain and swelling of legs and ankles
- Severe pain in the abdomen with swelling
- Dark color of the urine
- Extreme loss of appetite
- Itchiness of the skin
- Significant changes in stool color – pale, tar like or bloody
- Nauseous feeling or vomiting
- Fatigue that is of a chronic nature
If one or more of these symptoms are persistent, it’s time for you to take it seriously and consult the doctor to rule out possibility of a damage to the liver.