Our bodies are like a carefully ticking clock. For the time to show correctly, a thousand individual things have to go right. Once one fails, the entire system is put into jeopardy. Our bodies are not much different. If we become sick, we slow down. If there is something wrong with a single important organ, our lives may be affected.
For millions of Americans dealing with an inflamed liver, these problems are very real. What is worse is not handling the situation before it gets worse. If you believe something may be wrong with your liver, seek medical help! The sooner you find it, the better you and your body will be.
But what might suggest you have an inflamed liver? Lets take a look at the liver, causes of liver inflammation, solutions, and things you can do to stop it from happening. Together, lets take the first steps in identifying a potentially problematic issue and see what solutions there might be.
So, what exactly does the liver do?
Knowing if you have an inflamed liver first requires understanding what your liver does, and how it may be hurting you. Your liver is located on the right side of the abdomen. The main function of the liver is to remove toxins from the body. In addition, the liver produces necessary substances that help your body, including those that clot blood. As a result of this necessary function, it should be your top concern to find help if you believe you are suffering from some kind of liver inflammation.
What are some symptoms that my liver is inflamed?
If your liver enlargers, you may not even realize it. If it enlarges and swells a lot however, symptoms will emerge. The first thing to look out for is a feeling of fullness. If you lose your appetite and are not hungry when you would ordinarily be staring, then you may have an inflamed liver. The second symptom is discomfort in your abdomen. An inflamed liver may also be the result of a liver disease. If you are also experiencing nausea, weight loss, fatigue, or jaundice then it may be something else.
What are some of the causes of an enlarged or inflamed liver?
The liver is tricky, in that when many different and unrelated things go wrong, the liver can be affected. A virus or infection brought on by an abscess is two potential sources of inflammation. In addition, an autoimmune disease can weaken the liver. There is also the chance that a metabolic syndrome can be causing inflammation. Finally, abnormal growths like cysts or tumors in the liver can be what begins a period of inflammation.
There are also numerous external sources that can lead to an inflamed liver. Heavy drinking reduces the effectiveness and weakens the liver. If done enough, the liver can be partially or fully damaged, causing inflammation and even liver failure. Certain kinds of medication can also cause the liver to become inflamed. These include many kinds of prescription drugs where effects to the liver are listed as side effects. In addition, some popular over the counter weight loss supplements can cause liver damage if taken in high quantities or for an lengthened period of time.
So, what can I do to take care of or help treat an inflamed liver?
The first thing you should do is schedule an appointment with a doctor. Medical science trumps anything you read on the internet and the advice they give you can help save your life. That being said, helping your inflamed liver will depend on what is causing the inflammation. Given that this can range from poor diet, toxins, hepatitis, and even medications, the cure will depend on the cause. However, there are a few things you can do regardless to help your liver out. Drinking plenty of water will help with flushing toxins out of your system and helping your liver. Combining plenty of water with meals that use large amounts of water, like soup, will help.
Why should I bother dealing with an inflamed liver?
Before we spoke about how it is very important for you to seek medical help and deal with an inflamed liver, but we only touched on why. The primary reason is because you do not want liver failure. Liver failure is life threatening and usually requires a transplant in order for you to continue living. When your liver is inflamed, it creates scar tissue. This scar tissue does not heal, and dramatically reduces how well your liver operates in the future. By acting as soon as possible, you may address the problem only a few days quicker. However, every hour the inflamed liver goes unaddressed is potentially years of future problems.
So, give your body a break and see a doctor if you believe your liver may be inflamed.