A 41-year-old member asked:
Why is it that liver problems give you itchy skin?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vasu Brownanswered
Integrative Medicine 23 years experience
Bile salts: This is due to a build up of bile in the blood stream which then gets deposited in the skin and whites of the eyes. Along with bile there is a second chemical called bile salts - these also get deposited in the skin and cause distressing itching. I have used Questran (cholestyramine) compounded cream 5% to help pull the bile salts from skin to help relieve itching. You can also take Questran (cholestyramine) orally to relievethis.
6.3k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Dr. Michael Tomeoanswered
Dermatology 40 years experience
Toxins: The liver metabolizes medications , hormones and other bodily substances and if not functioning properly , toxins accumulate in the blood causing the skin to itch along with other undesirable effects.
4.9k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Jul 24, 2018
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