ALCOHOL HEPATITIS & TREATMENT
Definition: What is "alcohol hepatitis"?
Alcohol hepatitis definition: Alcohol is commonly associated with a number of liver diseases including hepatitis. However, the relationship between alcohol hepatitis & drinking is quite complex. This is because only a small number of heavy drinkers are afflicted with alcohol hepatitis & there are some moderated drinkers who have contracted this disease. Alcohol can possibly progress to liver failure & cirrhosis if patient continues to drink & is often fatal.
Symptoms & Signs
People with mild cases of alcoholic hepatitis may not experience perceptible problems, but as the disease advance, the liver becomes more damaged, the signs & symptoms are more likely to develop. These may include nausea & vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, fever, yellow skin, mental confusion & unexplained fatigue. Symptoms may vary according to the severity of the disease.
Treatment: How to Treat "alcohol hepatitis"?
The most effective way to combat alcohol hepatitis is through complete alcohol abstinence. Patients are also advised to undergo nutritional therapy, significant lifestyle change, undergo drug therapies, use of antioxidants & liver transplants for severe cases.
Factors that might play a significant role in the development of alcohol hepatitis include genetic factors, other diseases such as diabetes, obesity & malnutrition, especially for people who tend to drink heavily without proper nutrition.
Since there are about over a hundred types of liver diseases, the diagnosis of alcohol hepatitis can be a little tricky. Doctors usually look into the patient's medical history, conduct laboratory exams such as blood tests, ultrasound & liver biopsy.