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6 subtle signs that your liver is not healthy

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The liver is very capable of repairing damaged cells, however, after a sustained amount of damage, these cells cannot heal anymore which causes cirrhosis. The problem is many people do not notice the symptoms at first due to them being so non-specific. There are 6 subtle signs which could suggest your liver might be suffering:

1. Itchy Skin:
Itchy skin is often not taken seriously unless there is a rash. Itchy skin can, however, occur when there is bile present in the bloodstream due to liver damage.

2. Spider angiomas:
These are small capillaries visible under the skin. It is caused by higher levels of oestrogen. This is an indication of the liver not functioning properly and not metabolizing hormones.

3. Bruising and bleeding:
Bruising or bleeding easily after being injured, this could be a sign your liver is not healthy due to the proteins needed to clot blood not being produced in sufficient amounts.

4. Bad breath:
Even though bad breath might be an indication of many health problems, it can also be a sign of liver damage. The bad breath can be caused due to the high levels of dimethyl sulphide.

5. Blemishes and hyperpigmentation on face:
Brown pigmentating can occur if the liver is not working as it should. According to Health24 ”When the liver is not functioning properly, oestrogen in the system increases. This causes a substance named tyrosinase, an enzyme-containing copper, to produce more melanin (skin pigmentation) and causes blemishes on the face or the entire body.”

6. Red palms:
Burning itchy red hand palms can be a sign of liver damage. This occurs as a result of abnormal hormone levels in the blood.

It is important to take notice of symptoms like this and contact your general practitioner to make sure everything is alright.

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7 subtle signs that your liver is not healthy

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