Liver disease can be genetic or inherited, or it can be due to various conditions that damage the liver like viral infections, obesity, and alcoholism. The common symptoms of liver dysfunction are yellowish discoloration of the skin and eyes, abdominal pain and tenderness, itching, pale stool, dark urine, loss of appetite, and tiredness.
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Why does alcohol make me itch?
Query: Hi doctor, Whenever I drink alcohol, I am getting itchy in my scalp, face and behind the ears. What could the reason? Please explain. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Itching and flushing may occur with alcohol consumption as an allergic reaction or if there is any deficiency of the enzyme, which destroys alcohol metabolite (Acetaldehyde). Liver diseases may also lead to these symptoms if you are an alcohol consumer for a long ti... Read Full »
My blood report indicates that my bilirubin levels are elevated. Does this indicate a serious health problem?
Query: Hello doctor, My bilirubin levels are elevated. I had undergone blood tests last month and my levels are - Total bilirubin - 2.7 mg/dL, bilirubin direct - 0.7 mg/dL, bilirubin indirect - 2.0 mg/dL . I have undergone the tests again today and my results have come as - Total bilirubin - 2.36 mg/dL, b... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concern. Elevated bilirubin levels can be a sign of liver or bile duct dysfunction or other medical conditions. But it is important to interpret the results in the context of your overall health and medical history. In gen... Read Full »
I have been diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. How do I deal with it?
Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with stage one non-alcoholic fatty liver disease after an ultrasound scan last year. Also, my liver function test (high AST and ALT as well unconjugated bilirubin) is abnormal having excluded infectious causes and other causes of liver inflammation. What could really be g... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I have downloaded your laboratory reports from the attached reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) and the malarial parasite of P. falciparum is seen. High SGOT (serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase) and SGPT (seru... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32 year old female, who weighs 150 lbs and 5.9 feet tall. I have been experiencing a burning, stinging, or intensely sharp pain in different areas of my body, which always seems to be coming from a vein or artery on my neck where carotid is, in the leg, foot, arm, and temple. I ha... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. People suffering from EDS (Ehlers-Danlos syndrome) tend to develop neuropathy like symptoms, that is tingling sensations. This could be a result of neuropathy or just somatic in nature. Important here is that, if all your parameters and blood work, ultrasound a... Read Full »
What can cause red hives to appear on the body after drinking alcohol?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a male aged 24 years with an overall healthy history. However, I have noticed in the recent past a bunch of red hives on (swollen red-colored, not-painful) different parts of the body (knees, legs, cheek, arms) appearing after drinking beer or wine. This happened now twice in a r... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sorry, but the picture you uploaded (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) seems a little bit taken far away, not giving me a full description of what it is. Yes, you should get your liver function tests. This will help us to detect any subtle da... Read Full »
What causes a rise in liver enzymes?
Query: Hello doctor, Today I took blood test and found out that triglycerides, aspartate transaminase and alanine aminotransferase are high. One week back, I had taken Liv.52 DS, triphala and bael. Shall I continue them? Or should take any other medicine? I have attached my medical reports. Kindly check th... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to your reports (attachments removed to protect patient identity), your triglyceride levels are absolutely normal. Yes, your liver enzymes are raised which requires evaluation of the cause. Most common causes of such liver derangements are alcohol,... Read Full »
My father is talking irrelevantly after being admitted to the ICU. What can be done?
Query: Hello doctor, My father had a chronic liver problem. Last week, he began to puke blood. At once, he was admitted to an ICU of a private hospital. The endoscopy was done, and the doctor prescribed him medicines for binding the areas in the food pipe where the bleeding occurred. That was done. The blo... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is decompensated liver disease. This condition has a very bad prognosis if it is not treated well. He needs liver transplantation. But, things should be stabilized with an adequate dose of antibiotics and diuretics. He is talking incoherently because toxins have ac... Read Full »
Is there a permanent cure for my prolonged macrocytosis?
Query: Hello doctor, I have had macrocytosis for a long time. My last B12 and folate levels were high. I have symptoms of nervousness, snarkiness, light headedness, palpitations, and sometimes tingling in the hands and feet. It is making me crazy. My MCV is 104.9, MCH 35.6 and last TSH 2.18. I have consult... Read Full »
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Macrocytosis can be present because of hypothyroidism, alcohol, liver disease, etc. Your TSH value is within the limit. So, I do not think a thyroid problem can be the cause. You can get the following tests to rule out liver and kidney problem: SGOT (serum g... Read Full »
Why do I get right-sided chest pains when I sleep on my side?
Query: Hello doctor, I used to have right-sided chest pains, only when I sleep on my side. But since today, I feel a constant pain in my chest. Why am I having constant chest pain? Should I be worried? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for posting your query. Right-sided chest pain could be due to a muscle catch, pleurisy, gastritis, lung infection, stones in the gallbladder, and liver problem. I need more information on the pain, Since how long it is paining? How is the pain? Is it burn... Read Full »
Why does the bilirubin level keep changing in my 12-days-old son?
Query: Hi doctor, I am really concerned with the bilirubin levels of my 12 days old son. His bilirubin was 14.2 within 24 hours of his birth, so the doctor decided to start phototherapy, which reduced the bilirubin level to 12 and he got discharged. After a day, he turned pale yellow, so we rushed again to... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand that you are upset with your baby's condition. Your baby has ABO incompatibility (mother O and baby A blood group) induced exaggerated NNJ (neonatal jaundice). It is a condition where there will be an excessive breakdown of baby's red blood cells than com... Read Full »