The word hepatitis is defined by a disease that can be distinguished by inflammation that occurs in the liver. There are different types of hepatitis that have different repercussions when affecting the liver. Hepatitis can be contracted most commonly through a viral infection although it can also be transmitted through a secondary means from medication, drugs, fungal toxins, or alcohol. For someone that drinks alcohol in overabundance, they may develop a serious condition called Alcohol Hepatitis.
The common misconception about Alcohol Hepatitis is that it only occurs in people that abuse alcohol. The truth is that Alcohol Hepatitis can manifest in a moderate drinker just as easily with the same effects as a heavy drinker. Someone that shows signs of jaundice through the yellowing of their skin and the white of their eyes, and is most likely malnourished, could be diagnosed with Alcohol Hepatitis. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, abdominal cramping, weight loss, fatigue, and nausea. In more severe cases of Alcohol Hepatitis, a person will experience abdominal swelling from the accumulation of fluid, major disorientation caused from the buildup of toxins, and possible liver failure. The biggest concern is that someone without a functioning liver will die.
The liver is a vital part of maintaining a healthy body. The food and drink that someone consumes is turned into energy and nutrients that helps the body operate properly. Toxins in the body are removed by the liver which means that if someone overburdens their liver with alcohol or with an unhealthy diet, there could be negative ramifications that may result in steatosis or cirrhosis. The liver is an organ that can regenerate itself, but if the liver is continually abused, it may become beyond repair and continue to decline with Alcohol Hepatitis.
After an individual has received a diagnosis of Alcohol Hepatitis, they will want to eliminate alcohol all together. By continuing to drink alcohol in any capacity, a person’s health will diminish rather quickly. 30-40 percent of people that develop Alcoholic Hepatitis may die within one month. There is no cure that can help with Alcohol Hepatitis although steroid hormones or pentoxifylline can help reduce some of the inflammation in the liver. In the most extreme condition of Alcohol Hepatitis, a liver transplant may be necessary.
Environmental and hereditary factors play a role in Alcohol Hepatitis. The best way to combat the symptoms of Alcohol Hepatitis is to be kind to the body by seeking medical treatment, alcohol addiction treatment, and creating a healthier lifestyle to have a healthier chance in life.
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