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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

What Is Liver Cirrhosis

Liver cirrhosis is a serious liver ailment which can even cause death. This article reveals the causes, symptoms, treatments and home remedies for liver cirrhosis.

Causes of Liver Cirrhosis
  • Hepatitis C infection
  • Alcohol abuse for a long time
  • Long term Hepatitis B infection
  • Autoimmune inflammation of the liver
  • Dysfunctioning of the liver’s drainage system
  • Metabolic problems of copper and iron
  • Certain medications
Symptoms of Liver Cirrhosis
Sometimes, there may not be any symptoms, otherwise common symptoms include:
  • Abdominal pain or indigestion
  • Problems in thinking or confusion in mind
  • Impotence, breast development in men and losing interest in having sex
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Bleeding gums or nosebleeds
  • Clay-colored or pale stools
  • Blood vessels may appear spider-like on the skin surface
  • There may fluid buildup in the legs and abdomen, as well as swelling
  • Blood in the stools or vomiting blood
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness
  • Jaundice may cause the eyes, mucus membranes and skin to appear yellow
  • Signs of Liver Cirrhosis
A physical test may reveal the following signs:
  • Enlarged spleen or liver
  • Excess tissue in the breast
  • Bloated abdomen because of fluid accumulation
  • Palms may appear red
  • Blood vessels on the skin may appear spider-like and red in color
  • Small testicles
  • Contracted fingers
  • Skin and eyes may appear yellow due to jaundice

Tests can reveal liver problems including
  1. Clotting issues
  2. Anemia
  3. Liver function may be affected
  4. Serum albumin levels would appear low
  5. Tests for Liver Cirrhosis
  6. For the abdomen, the doctor may conduct Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and ultrasound tests.
  7. The stomach or esophagus may be checked for dilated veins through an endoscopy.
  8. Cirrhosis is confirmed by a liver biopsy.
  9. A liver biopsy confirms cirrhosis.
  10. Treatments for Liver Cirrhosis

The following lifestyle changes can help to treat cirrhosis:
Avoid alcohol altogether
Limit intake of salt
Eat a nutritious and healthy diet
Vaccinate yourself for pneumococcal pneumonia, hepatitis B, hepatitis A and influenza.
Inform your physician about the medications, herbal remedies and supplements you may be taking for the condition.
More Treatments for Liver Cirrhosis

Bleeding varices:
Treated with upper endoscopy along with sclerosis and banding

Excessive abdominal fluid:
Treated with diuretics. Restrict intake of salt and fluid. Remove the excess fluid.

Vitamin K and blood products
Encephalopathy or confusion:
Antibiotics and lactulose medication

Treated with antibiotics
Advanced liver disease may need a liver transplant
Complications of Liver Cirrhosis

Bleeding disorders
  • Fluid buildup in the abdomen and the fluid may become infected
  • Enlargement of veins located in the intestines, stomach or esophagus, which may bleed easily
  • Increase in pressure in blood vessels located in the liver
  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney failure
  • Mental confusion and even coma
  • Prevention of Liver Cirrhosis
  • Limit your alcohol intake. If you are a chronic alcoholic get rehab treatment immediately.
  • To prevent getting hepatitis B or C, follow these tips:
  • Do not have sex with people having acute hepatitis B or C
  • Always use condoms and practice sex safely
  • Do not use other people’s personal items like toothbrush or razor
  • Do not use other persons’ drug needles or paraphernalia
  • Clear out blood spills with household bleach and water
  • Home Remedies for Liver Cirrhosis
  • Spinach juice mixed with carrot juice is beneficial
  • Take ground papaya seeds with lime juice one or two times each day for a month
  • Crush sacred fig leaves in sugar candy and consume this mix twice each day
  • Take a teaspoon of glucose mixed in water three times a day
  • Include more carbohydrates in your daily diet and eat lots of salads
  • Drink buttermilk sprinkled with roasted cumin seeds
  • Drink lime juice mixed with some rock salt
  • Eat radish raw or consume radish juice on empty stomach
  • Make juice from the herb eclipta. Mix one teaspoon of this juice with a teaspoon of honey and consume thrice every day

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