Symptoms of Liver Failure

Symptoms of liver failure are not very common in the early stages of liver disease; they usually appear once the condition has developed. The liver is a very big and essential organ for human beings. The liver is responsible for several functions that many people are not aware of. 

Some of the most important functions are the elimination of toxins, the production of bile to assist digestion, the storage of many important nutrients like iron, the regulation of sugar in the blood and metabolism. 

As you can see the liver executes countless tasks a day. Sadly there are times when the liver might have problems to work efficiently. 

Unlike many other organs; the liver have the ability to regenerate itself and is able to work appropriately even at an old age.

Symptoms of liver failure can appear when a condition is present. The liver can be damaged by a wide variety of conditions like hepatitis. Hepatitis is a disease that affects the liver area. There are several types of hepatitis, the most common are: A, B, C and D. They are normally caused by a virus but this condition can also be caused by other agents. Some variations can infect people when they eat or drink from contaminated sources of food and water. Other types need the exchange of body fluids to infect people.

Viruses are not the only thing that can hurt your liver. The consumption of very high amounts of alcohol is known to be one of the main causes of liver damage. Cirrhosis is a consequence of drinking too much alcohol. This condition can cause even more complications like portal hypertension, kidney failure and hemorrhage. Other things that can hurt your liver are dangerous chemicals. Some prescription medicines contain substances that hurt the liver when ingested. Sometimes even a small regular dosage is enough to damage your liver.

Some of the most noticeable symptoms of liver failure are: 

  • jaundice
  • appetite loss
  • a very light colored stool
  • bloating
  • abdominal pain
  • mood swings
  • allergy
  • strokes

The easiest symptom to recognize but not always present is jaundice. This is characterized by having yellow or orange skin. Sometimes even part of your eye can turn yellow. This usually results when the liver cannot produce the right amount of bile. Jaundice can also appear if your gallbladder is having problems. The lack of appetite can cause weight loss and eventually anemia. Excessive thirst and urination are also very common when suffering liver problems.

The best way to prevent damage to your liver is by reducing as possible (moderately) the consumption of alcohol and eating natural foods.


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