Daily Health Tips: Liver Disease

The liver is an organ in the body which is usually found on the right side of your abdomen, just under the rib cage. Its job is to ensure that toxins taken into the body are rendered harmless, food is digested properly and the nutrients available in it, properly absorbed.

Liver diseases can refer to problems with the liver which one may be born with or can arise from infections (hepatitis), cancer, drugs/other chemicals, toxins etc. The symptoms of liver disease include yellowness of the eyes and/or skin, dark urine, pale (light coloured) stool, itching, abdominal pain, abdominal swelling etc. You are more at risk of this if you work in a center where you handle body fluids (so this list includes healthcare workers). Other people who are more at risk include diabetics, obese people, people who take a lot of alcohol, drug abusers (this includes people who use illicit drugs and those who abuse prescription drugs), people who are in the habit of indiscriminate and unsafe sex etc

Treatment depends on the cause. The final option is liver transplant

Prevention of liver diseases is targeted at causative and risk factors: limit or completely stop alcohol use, get vaccinated, especially if you are a healthcare worker or consider that you are at risk, practice safe sex and avoid risky behavior like using illicit drugs or overdosing on prescription drugs, eat healthy, maintain a healthy weight and be careful when you spray insecticides and other aerosols. Especially for insecticides, be sure that the fumes have dispersed before coming back into the room or wear a face mask, if need be.

 Here’s to a healthier you!

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