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Common Signs of Liver Disease

By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on

About one in 10 Americans have some type of liver disease including cirrhosis, autoimmune hepatitis and biliary atresia. If you are concerned about a senior that may have liver disease, then there are some common signs that you may want to consider. Palm Desert, CA, elderly care professionals advise that the following signs are the most important to look for.

Skin

Liver disease often causes changes in the skin. In particular, seniors may notice a purple rash around the lower legs not responding to topical treatment. Additionally, the nails may change color. Bile buildup caused by liver disease often can cause the senior’s skin to itch. While doctors have no idea why this particular anomaly occurs, many people with liver disease report that their palms and feet itch at night.

Eyes

Changes in the white part of the eye is one of the most frequently seen changes in people with liver disease. Additionally, extremely small pimples on the eyelids can indicate bile buildup in the body. Some people with liver disease report that their eyes become very dry while others report that they do not see as well in the dark as they used to.

Stomach

Seniors who have liver disease usually experience very little to no pain. When pain is present, it is often felt in the stomach as it can become filled with fluid. Stomach swelling is often accompanied by additional swelling in the legs and breasts. Seniors may also become mentally confused as a result of this fluid buildup. 

Urine Changes

While it is usual for urine to change colors throughout the day, seniors who consistently have dark urine may want to have their liver function checked. This can be a sign of bile in the urine. Seniors who also notice lighter colored stools definitely need to get checked.

Over 32 million Americans have some form of liver disease. If you suspect a liver problem in a senior, then seek treatment immediately. Since the senior usually feels no pain, it is vital that he or she watch for other changes. Your loved one can also benefit from hiring Home Care Assistance. We provide comprehensive stroke, dementia and Alzheimer’s care Palm Desert, CA, seniors need to age in place with confidence. Call (760) 345-0001 today to learn more about our services and set up a free consultation.