Did you know booze can cause hepatitis, a type known as alcoholic hepatitis? Read on to understand more on the same.
Girls no longer cook like their mothers. Instead, they drink more than their fathers. This line is laughable. In fact, after coming across it while skimming through my Facebook page, I had to laugh. After thinking it over, I noticed that the author created it after observing the boozing trends in the world. Unlike the good old days when only men sat in bars, alcohol is found at home, and both genders unite in the act.
It is not surprising then that more people in the developing world are developing alcoholic hepatitis. What is this type of Hepatitis?
Alcoholic hepatitis is a liver disorder that manifests itself as inflammation on the critical organ. Alcohol is a boost to its emergence, especially when taken for long. Continued consumption of alcohol while the disease is active leads to liver failure or scarring (cirrhosis).
- Hepatitis C presence in the liver,
- Inflammation occurrence during alcohol breakdown, which produces chemicals with high
- Malnutrition which encourages the alcohol to burn the liver faster.
- Finally, the genetic architecture of an individual determines how his/her body breaks the alcohol down.
Early symptoms of this type of hepatitis are similar to those of mild ailments. Therefore, visiting a physician immediately is advisable if one experiences:
- Dry mouth
- Weight loss
- Change in appetite
- Swelling and pain in the abdomen
- Jaundice (yellowing of skin and/or eyes)
- Confusion or other changes in one’s mental state
- Medication to improve liver function and reduce the inflammation.
- Abstinence from alcohol consumption especially in younger persons because extended drinking periods increases the chances of developing it.
- Supplements might be given to boost body energy and well being so that the liver regains normal functioning and begins to heal.
- If the worst comes to pass, a liver transplant is recommended.
Evidently, too much damage arises from alcoholism in tender ages. If the younger generation could desist from it, then less interest in learning about alcoholic hepatitis would exist.
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