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Dr. Gyongyi Szabo
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Alcoholic Hepatitis (Overview)

In people who have an apparent genetic or other predisposition, repeated heavy use of alcohol initially causes fat to accumulate in liver cells, which ultimately causes inflammation, which is alcoholic hepatitis. Under microscope there are inflammatory cells and signs of the body's reaction. With repeated injury, scarring begins to occur, and when severe and widespread results in cirrhosis.


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Can yellow eyes and skin be a symptom of alcoholic hepatitis?

Can yellow eyes and skin be a symptom of alcoholic hepatitis?

Yes: If the white areas of the eyes are yellow or the skin is yellow, you need to urgently see a gastroenterologist. You may have hepatitis, alcoholic or otherwise, or something even worse. ...Read more

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Dr. Gyongyi Szabo
50 doctors shared insights

Alcoholic Hepatitis (Overview)

In people who have an apparent genetic or other predisposition, repeated heavy use of alcohol initially causes fat to accumulate in liver cells, which ultimately causes inflammation, which is alcoholic hepatitis. Under microscope there are inflammatory cells and signs of the body's reaction. With repeated injury, scarring begins to occur, and when severe and widespread results in cirrhosis.


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Should a person be on ativan (lorazepam) when diagnosed with alcoholic hepatitis?

Should a person be on ativan (lorazepam) when diagnosed with alcoholic hepatitis?

Ativan (lorazepam): For detoxification, yes, but not for maintenance. Discuss with your doctor other alternatives if u r using it to treat anxiety problem. ...Read more

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Treating Hepatitis A (Tip)

Treating Hepatitis A

Children generally are without symptoms when they have hepatitis A. ...See more

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Treating Hepatitis A (Checklist)

Drink plenty of fluids
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Maintain strict personal hygiene
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Follow a bland diet
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If you start feeling worse, call a doctor immediately
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Diagnosed with alcoholic hepatitis about a year ago - can drink at all? And why do I get drink off just 1 or 2 beers now? My husband was diagnosed with alcoholic hepatitis about a year ago... He served in the military where they treated him a disease

Diagnosed with  alcoholic hepatitis about a year ago - can drink at all?  And why do I get drink off just 1 or 2 beers now? My husband was diagnosed with alcoholic hepatitis about a year ago...  He served in the military where they treated him a disease

He : He gets drunk after just a beer or two now because of his alcoholic hepatitis. The hepatitis means that his liver cells have become inflammed (injured). The unhealthy liver cells can no longer metabolize (break down) the alcohol he drinks. When his liver was healthier, the cells could metabolize the alcohol. If he continues to drink, he may well develop cirrhosis. Cirrhosis destroys liver cells and creates fibrous scar tissue. Since we need our liver to metabolize a lot more than just alcohol, it is essential to live. Please look up alanon in your yellow pages. You clearly would benefit from the knowledge and support that this group can provide. Your participation is anonymous and there is no fee to join. Please show this to your husband: no if's and or but's. If you continue to drink, even lesser amounts than before, you will be killing yourself. There are three outcomes for an alcoholic: sobriety, insanity or death. If you elect for sobriety, than let your doctor know and he / she can assist you with obtaining rehabilitation and detoxification if indicated. Alcoholics anonymous is the best back bone for any program of sobriety. Getting a good 12 step sponsor is another essential. Your wife cared enough to contact this site. I hope that you are willing to take the next step in saving your life. For help with finding alcoholic anonymous meetings in san diego you can check under "find an aa meeting" at the www.Aa.Org website. My best to you and your wife. Sincerely and respectfully, dr. Heidi fowler. ...Read more

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Treating Hepatitis A (Tip)

Treating Hepatitis A

Most of the time, hepatitis a can be treated with simply supportive measures. ...See more

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Treating Hepatitis B (Checklist)

See your gastroenterologist
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Follow recommended therapy completely
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Notify your doctor if you're pregnant
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Get periodic repeat blood tests
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What is the treatment for alcoholic hepatitis?

What is the treatment for alcoholic hepatitis?

Avoid alcohol: There is no medicine currently available. Liver transplant can be an option when it is far advance. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more