Your liver plays a key role in more than 500 vital bodily functions such as processing nutrients, filtering toxins from the blood and producing bile to aid in digestion. Liver inflammation can cause symptoms such as dark coloured urine, fatigue, fever and jaundice. Treatment of liver inflammation is crucial to preventing long-term liver damage.
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Hepatitis translates to mean "inflammation of the liver." The inflammation ranges from acute, characterised by short-term inflammation, to chronic, lasting for 6 months or longer.
Causes of Liver Inflammation
Causes of liver inflammation include viral hepatitis (such as hepatitis B or C); autoimmune conditions in which your immune system attack your liver cells and by drug abuse, alcoholism and exposure to chemical or environmental toxins.
Treatments for liver inflammation vary in accordance with the cause of the condition. For example, it alcoholism causes the condition, stopping all alcohol consumption may reverse the condition. If liver inflammation is caused by hepatitis C, a serious viral infection, patients may require antiviral medication.
Treatment Side Effects
Treatment side effects could include alcohol or drug withdrawal (in cases where drug or alcohol use causes the condition) to medication reactions from antiviral medications (such as Entecavir, used to treat hepatitis B) such as dizziness, insomnia, vomiting and allergic reaction.
Importance of Seeking Treatment
If left untreated, liver inflammation can progressively damage the liver. Inflammation causes cell death which, in turn, causes the growth of scar tissue. Over time, the scar tissue will begin to replace healthy tissue and disrupt liver function.
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