Did you know your liver is one of the biggest organs in the human body? It has many different functions, including protein synthesis, vitamin storage, and blood cleansing properties… It does a lot of the functions you need to be alive. Being so crucial for us as it is, our liver does not buzz that much when it is in troubles. So, let us take this time for getting familiar with possible symptoms that may indicate that something Is going on with our liver.
Some of the following symptoms may not be related to liver failure only, but we will try to be clear enough so you can dismiss other possibilities and get some insight to tell problems apart. Always keep in mind that early medical diagnosis can help ward off damage, so ask your doctor whenever you’re in doubt. The most common liver failure symptoms are as follows:
The most common indicators of liver failures. By jaundice, we mean the particular yellowish look of both skin and whites of the eyes. This specific condition happens when there is too much bilirubin in the blood, and it deposits in the skin. Now, if there is an excess bilirubin, there is a higher possibility of having liver issues since this is the primary organ in charge of moving the surplus, not only of this, but many other components in the blood to bile ducts to be eliminated.
Keep in mind that, if you eat too many carrots or foods with beta-carotene, you might also show your skin with a yellowish look, but this effect is not jaundice. You can tell them apart by looking at the white portion of your eyes, which do not change color from carotenoid intake.
This may sound pretty familiar, but not necessarily related to liver problems. However, bad breath has a name when it’s related to the liver: Fetor hepaticus. It is caused by an unusual concentration of dimethyl sulphide, which results in a sweet, musty aroma, and to a lower extent by ketones in alveolar air. Therefore, a person could go through a breath analysis as a diagnostic tool to detect certain liver pathologies.