Liver damage can occur for a variety of different reasons. Everything from birth defects, to age and even substance abuse, can trigger long-term damage. But no matter what the cause of liver damage it will usually present itself with one or more shared symptoms. By looking out for the following symptoms you can get liver damage diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
Jaundice describes a general yellowing of someone’s eyes and skin. This process is due to the buildup of a bile pigment called bilirubin within someone’s bloodstream. The liver is normally able to regulate levels of bilirubin. But when the liver becomes damaged so does its ability to properly manage this substance. Jaundice is one of the best-known symptoms of liver damage. However, it’s not always as easy to spot as people might assume. Jaundice begins as a very subtle tint to one’s eyes and skin. As such eye doctors are often the first to notice the early stages of jaundice. It can take a considerable amount of time for bilirubin levels to build up to a point where it’d be obvious at a quick glance.