How to identify liver infection symptoms

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How to identify liver infection symptoms
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There are different infecting agents that can cause liver infection. They include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis C, fungal, and Plasmodium. The symptoms for various liver infections are similar and you should promptly report any sign of them to your health care provider.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    See your doctor immediately if you experience jaundice or yellowing of the skin or eyes. These are the very obvious symptoms and should not be ignored. Be prepared to give your doctor detailed information on the symptom.

  2. 2

    Report any weight changes or changes in eating habits to your doctor. Although there are many other conditions that can cause these symptoms, anyone who is at risk for liver infection should be tested.

  3. 3

    Discuss any abdominal pain with your doctor. Any pain should be mentioned, but typically, when dealing with a liver infection, the pain tends to be located on the upper right part of the stomach. Know where your pain is when talking with your doctor.

  4. 4

    Talk to your doctor about any fevers, vomiting or general feelings of illness you are experiencing. These can all be associated with a liver infection.

  5. 5

    Report any bowel changes such as diarrhoea or a lighter-coloured stool. Although something as simple as what we eat can trigger such a change, it can also be a sign of infection.

  6. 6

    Mention a loss of sex drive or depression to your doctor. They may seem unrelated, however, they can be a symptom of a liver infection, especially when coupled with any of the other symptoms.

Tips and warnings

  • Liver infections may also show no symptoms. If you feel you are at risk, discuss it with your doctor.
  • Liver infections can be life threatening. Never ignore the symptoms and discuss them with your doctor.

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