When alcohol damages the liver.
Dec 29, 2018
Alcoholic hepatitis occurs as a result of excessive alcohol consumption that affects the liver leading to fat accumulation, inflammation and lesions. It is a disease that should not be neglected.
At first, a sick liver manifests his suffering through vague symptoms. So are the early signs of alcoholic liver disease, which affects other organs in the body. The main symptom is a general sickness sometimes abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea and decreased appetite. These symptoms are often neglected, the patient considering them as mere passive ailments or the result of fatigue.
When liver disease progresses, its symptoms become more recognizable: jaundice or yellowish eyes and skin, edema or swelling of the lower limbs, fluid build-up in the abdomen, fever, chills, itching of the skin, significant loss of weight , general weakness and atrophy of the muscles, blood in the vomiting and feces.
Once these symptoms occur, the condition has reached an advanced stage. It is crucial that the affected person goes to the doctor immediately.
Major acute hepatitis is a rather rare condition. It is due to massive intoxication with alcohol, and its evolution can be very serious: alcohol toxicity damages or even kills liver cells, causing the person to die.
A severe form of alcoholic hepatitis is diagnosed when the patient has a fever, liver pain, jaundice or hepatomegaly (enlargement of the liver, palpably under the right ribs). Drinking alcohol in large quantities (there are no definite doses, alcohol reactions being different depending on individuals) can lead to chronic hepatitis, acute episodes may end up in cirrhosis, chronic and irreversible disease. Alcoholism is responsible for about 50% of cases of cirrhosis that causes death in a short time or after several years of cirrhosis.
The first step in treating alcoholic hepatitis is to eliminate the alcohol in life of the affected person. Abstinence or complete absence of alcohol in the diet is mandatory to make reversible alcohol hepatitis. It can help stop this condition in the early stages of liver disease. For example, stopping alcohol consumption after fatty liver diagnosis can lead to a significant improvement in liver status in 2-6 weeks.
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