Signs your liver is intoxicated
Five bizarre, sneaky signs that your liver is intoxicated
The liver is generally pretty capable of repairing damaged cells which means some people might not realize that their liver is compromised. But after a sustained amount of damage, these cells never heal, which can result in cirrhosis. Once this happens, signs and symptoms of liver damage will be more severe. Here are some signs your liver is intoxicated.
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- Itchy skin
You’ll probably not take itchy skin seriously unless there is a rash. But itchy skin can occur when bile is present in the bloodstream due to liver damage. When your bile duct is blocked, the bile stagnates and flows back into the blood stream. This accumulates under the skin and causes itching.
- Bruising and bleeding
If you find that you bruise or bleed easily after being injured, this might be a sign that your liver is not healthy. The proteins you need to clot your blood are no longer being produced in sufficient amounts.
- Bad breath
Bad breath during liver failure is also known as fetor hepaticus. This is a fruity, musky smell in the breath that is caused by a high level of dimethyl sulphide, which occurs in your blood when you suffer from liver cirrhosis.
- Blemishes and hyperpigmentation on face
Unsightly brown pigmentation on the face can occur if the liver is sluggish and not working as it should. When the liver is not functioning properly, estrogen in the system increases. This causes a substance named tyrosinase, an enzyme containing copper, to produce more melanin and causes blemishes on the face or the entire body.
- Lack of concentration
Two of the most significant functions of the liver are to detoxify and to energize the body. When the blood is overloaded with toxins, which results from a liver that is not functioning properly, your brain can be affected. Pair that with a sluggish metabolizing of energy, this can result in fatigue, which affects mental clarity. This can manifest in subtle signs of forgetfulness or large problems such as slipping into a coma.