Alcoholic liver disease is a condition that destroys the liver cells and causes the patient to be unable to secrete bile. The condition occurs when alcohol intake is regularly made by the patient. In this condition, the patient experiences severe pain in the abdomen as well as the lower back part of the body. Other symptoms of alcoholic liver disease include nausea, vomiting and excessive sweating. When such symptoms occur, it is definitely a sign of liver damage.
There are two kinds of alcoholic hepatitis, the fatty liver and steatohepatitis. Fatty liver is characterized by symptoms like abdominal pain, jaundice, nausea and vomiting and loss of weight. On the other hand, steatohepatitis is characterized by more serious symptoms such as bleeding and ulcer formation, fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and yellow discoloration of the skin. Both kinds of hepatitis have similar causes, but there are slight variations between the two. Steatohepatitis is more related with age and alcoholism, while fatty liver is usually caused by viral infections.
Fatty liver disease can be categorized into two. Hepatitis A is caused by excessive alcohol consumption, and this causes hepatitis C, which is caused by repeated viral infection of the liver. Some of the symptoms of alcoholic liver disease that usually appear during the early stages of the condition include yellowish skin and mucosal membranes. When this occurs, a patient will begin to lose weight, have increased bilirubin levels and may suffer from painful gallbladder attacks. Lipids will also increase and there will be an inflammation of the liver ducts as well. As a result, patients will be prone to jaundice, which is a yellowing of the whites of the eyes.
When symptoms of alcoholic liver disease may appear, it is always best to consult a doctor to confirm that the condition is already present. However, in most cases, the doctor will recommend the person stop drinking. The most common symptoms of hepatitis C are swollen lymph nodes in the neck or armpit area, jaundice, nausea and abdominal pain. In order to avoid further complications, the doctor may prescribe interferon therapy.
When symptoms of alcoholic hepatitis are seen, it is always advised that treatment should be initiated before the condition gets worse. In many cases, treatment for alcoholic hepatitis is simple enough and may not require hospitalization. It usually involves increasing intake of vitamins, particularly vitamin C, to improve blood flow to the liver. Doctors may also prescribe Vitamin B12 and riboflavin supplements to prevent portal hypertension. In severe cases of alcoholic cirrhosis, dialysis may be necessary to filter blood and remove toxins.
Another common symptom of liver disease is jaundice. Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin, and is often the first symptom of cirrhosis. Liver cells appear as streaks of yellow. Most cases of jaundice are caused by increased levels of the bile acid glycoprotein (all), resulting from excess production of bile by the liver.
Symptoms of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are usually painless and mild. Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the tissue surrounding the liver. The liver disease symptoms of NASH are usually jaundice, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Treatment of liver disease associated with inflammation include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Treatment for symptoms of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis may also include Vitamin A, Esterol, and Zinc.
Fatty liver is one of the primary symptoms of alcoholic liver disease. Although jaundice and inflammation are not usually associated with fatality, they do often lead to a separate diagnosis. When the patient presents with these symptoms, tests must be undertaken in order to confirm a diagnosis of alcoholic hepatitis and fatty liver. A confirmed diagnosis of fatty liver usually requires a biopsy of the liver to determine the percentage of fat in the liver, albumin level, and enzyme levels. If inflammation is present, additional tests may be required to determine if the disease is an inflammatory non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.