Liver is an important organ in body. It cleans the blood, helps digest food and fights infection. It has the power to regenerate when it has been damaged, replacing old tissue with new cells. Healthy and clean liver has its importance and anything that is stopping your liver from doing its job, has to be its enemy.
Liver exists on the inside of human body but when its damage or unhealthy, it shows signs on the exterior of human body. If you see any of the following signs and indications of liver damage, see your doctor as soon as possible to prevent further damages to your body.
One of the major signs of liver damage is that your skin or eyes start to turn yellow. It happens due to a build-up in the blood of a yellow substance called ‘Bilirubin’. Symptom called Jaundice, can occur when the liver’s damage prevents it from processing that bilirubin. Common causes of that kind of liver damage are hepatitis, cancer, drinking too much alcohol, abusing ecstasy, exposure to toxic substances and various infections.
Jaundice also changes the colour of urine and stool, making the urine dark and the stool pale. Your body reacts to the changes in liver.
Liver damage can cause itchy skin, as well as kidney failure, thyroid problems and cancer. The itching usually affects the whole body. The skin may look normal except for the repeatedly scratched areas.
People who suffer from liver damage will bruise or bleed more easily because their liver slows or stops the production of proteins that are necessary for blood clotting. The liver actually produces several clotting factors, all of which begin to disappear one after the other from patient.
When liver is not working properly, your body starts to retain water in arms, legs and abdominal area. This is also very common among steroid munchers who are on anabolic steroids. If you are not on steroid or even if you are, it is recommended to consult your doctor for regular tests to monitor the condition of your liver to prevent any damage.
Sometimes your body may not show any damages to body from the outside, yet it will show some symptoms through illnesses. Mild symptoms present themselves, the most common ones are very non-specific and they include fatigue or excessive tiredness, lack of drive, occasionally itching.
Once a person progresses beyond those early symptoms, the damage to the liver and the side effects become more serious. The patient may become confused and disoriented, and extremely sleepy. There is a risk of coma and death. At that point, liver transplant may only be the option. To prevent that, it is advisable to monitor slight changes in your body.