Filtering blood, producing bile, eliminating toxins… A vital organ, the liver performs more than 500 functions in the body. But in case of excess (fat, alcohol…) it can poorly fulfill its role. Here are the 4 physical symptoms of a sick or tired liver that should alert you.
When the eyes and skin turn yellow (jaundice), it can be a sign of liver disease. Such discoloration of the fundus may be due to an accumulation of bilirubin, a pigment resulting from the breakdown of red blood cells that is normally broken down by the liver.
A damaged liver can also lead to itching sensations all over the body. This symptom, called cutaneous prutitis, may indicate a retention of bile under the skin, a fluid secreted by the liver that, when all is well, must flow into the digestive tract.
If this organ is in poor health, it may be unable to make albumin, a protein that prevents the escape of water in the blood to the tissues, and this results in swelling of the even legs (edema) or abdomen.
A diseased liver is also synonymous with intense and persistent fatigue. If you are unable to recover and suffer from a large drop in morale despite a long period of rest, it may be a sign of more or less serious liver disease.