is swelling and inflammation of the liver. It is not a
condition, but is often used to refer to a viral infection of
can be caused by:
a condition that involves having too much iron in your body
(the excess iron deposits in the liver).
cells in the body attacking the liver and causing autoimmune
Infections from viruses (such as hepatitis A, B, or C),
bacteria, or parasites
damage from alcohol, poisonous mushrooms, or other poisons
Medications, such as an overdose of
which can be deadly
- Liver disease can also be caused by inherited disorders such as cystic fibrosis
may start and get better quickly (acute hepatitis), or cause
long-term disease (chronic hepatitis). In some instances, it may
lead to liver damage, liver failure, or even liver cancer.
hepatitis is depends on many factors, including the cause of the
liver damage and any illnesses you have. Hepatitis A, for
example, is usually short-term and does not lead to chronic
symptoms of hepatitis include
breast development in males,
and pale or
fever, usually low-grade, general itching,
(yellowing of the skin or eyes),
loss of appetite,
nausea and vomiting,
& weight loss.
with hepatitis B or C do not have symptoms when they are first
infected. They can still develop liver failure later. If you
have any risk factors for either type of hepatitis, you should
be tested regularly.
examination may show:
and tender liver
the abdomen (ascites)
that can become infected
of the skin
Nutritional Management of Hepatitis at Indiadiets
Poor nutrition is rarely a cause of liver disease, but good
nutrition in the form of a balanced diet, may help liver cells
damaged by hepatitis viruses to regenerate, forming new liver
cells. Nutrition can be an essential part of treatment. Many
chronic liver diseases are associated with malnutrition.
- Too much daily protein may cause hepatic encephalopathy (mental
confusion). This occurs when the amount of dietary protein is
greater than the liver's ability to use the protein. This causes
a build up of toxins that can interfere with brain function.
Protein is restricted in patients with clinical evidence of
encephalopathy. However, controversy exists regarding the type
of protein a diet should contain. Vegetable and dairy protein
may be tolerated well than meat protein. Due to the body's need
for proteins, protein restriction should only be undertaken with
a doctor's advice.
Excess calories in the form of carbohydrates can add to liver
dysfunction and can cause fat deposits in the liver. No more
than 30% of a person's total calories should come from fat
because of the danger to the cardiovascular system.
Patients with fluid retention and swelling of the abdomen (ascites),
or the legs (peripheral edema), may need diets low in salt to
avoid sodium retention that contributes to fluid retention.
Excessive amounts of some vitamins may be an additional source
of stress to the liver that must act as a filter for the body.
Mega-vitamin supplements, particularly if they contain vitamins
A and D, may be harmful. Excess vitamin A is very toxic to the
Avoiding beer, wine, cocktails, champagne, and liquor in any
other form proves beneficial. If you continue to drink, your
liver will pay the price.
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