Cirrhosis of the liver is one of the many consequences of chronic liver disease. Cirrhosis occurs when liver tissue is constantly being replaced by scar tissue and regenerative nodules. The job of the liver is to detoxify toxic or harmful substances in the body, purify the blood, and create the nutrients vital to life.
There are two different Cirrhosis stages. In mild Cirrhosis, the liver is still able to repair itself and can carry out its necessary functions. If left untreated, however, Cirrhosis may become advanced, causing an excess of scar tissue to form and the eventual and complete shut down of the liver. It is very important to know the difference between the two Cirrhosis stages and to seek medical help before the problem becomes too serious for Cirrhosis treatment to be possible.
Some common Cirrhosis symptoms that one should be aware of include weakness or fatigue, loss of appetite, vomiting or nausea, excessive itching, the appearance of spidery blood vessels on the skin, and weight loss. Jaundice, which is a yellowing of the skin and eyes due to the accumulation of bilirubin in the blood, and bleeding or bruising easily and excessively, due to the liver being unable to clot the blood properly, are other important and easily spotted symptoms to look for. One of the most common signs of Cirrhosis is Ascites, which is an accumulation of excess fluid in the space between the tissues of the abdomen and abdominal organs. It is important to note that Cirrhosis symptoms are often not present until Cirrhosis is quite advanced, or, if they are present, they are usually non-specific, meaning one might not automatically assume that Cirrhosis is the cause of the problem.
Cirrhosis treatment is possible, though no treatment will fully and completely cure Cirrhosis or repair the scarring of the liver that has already taken place. Therefore, the best treatment is to prevent Cirrhosis or to receive help for Cirrhosis as quickly as possible. The only way to effectively treat Cirrhosis is to treat the cause of the Cirrhosis itself. One must visit a doctor to determine this cause, which could be anything from a form of Hepatitis to alcoholism. One should also avoid the substances that caused the Cirrhosis, talk to his or her doctor about any medicatoins, including nonprescription drugs such as Aspirin or Tylenol, and begin or stay on a low-sodium diet if fluid retention is present. Medicines, surgeries, or a liver transplant are sometimes needed.
Cirrhosis can be prevented. In order to prevent Cirrhosis one should avoid excessive and frequent alcohol consumption, as well as avoid infection with Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C. This can be achieved by practicing safe sex and staying clean of drugs. If one does do drugs, he or she should not use contaminated needles. It is possible to prevent Cirrhosis of the liver or to seek treatment and live a healthy life after contracting Cirrhosis.