Liver disease is a medical condition that affects the liver. The liver is an organ that is located under the human rib cage. The organ plays an important role in digesting food and ridding the body of toxic substances.
The condition can be caused by several varieties of factors including viruses and alcohol use. Obesity is also another factor that will cause liver damage. If left alone, the damage will cause scarring to the liver called cirrhosis. This can result in liver failure, a life-threatening condition.
Liver disease will cause several signs and symptoms to the affected individual. These are:
- Jaundice or yellowish discoloration in the eyes or the skin
- Pain and swelling on the abdomen
- Edema on the lower extremities or swelling in the legs and ankles
- Itchy skin
- Dark urine color
- Bloody stool
- Chronic Fatigue
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Weight loss because of loss of appetite
- Easy bruising
There are many causes why liver disease occurs. The following are some of the reasons why liver disease occurs. These are but not limited to:
- Infection. When parasites and viruses infect the liver, it will cause inflammation resulting in reduced liver function. The bacteria, virus, and parasites that invaded the liver can also be spread through blood or semen can contaminate food or water and get infected by an infected person. Common examples of infection are the Hepatitis A, B, and C.
- Immune system abnormality
- Cancer and other Growth on the liver
- Genetics or Hereditary
When it comes to treatment, there are many ways the liver disease can be prevented. These include the use of medications, lifestyle changes, and the use of herbal treatment.
If you think you are suffering from Liver Disease you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Liver Disease as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).