Your liver does a lot for your health. As one of the body’s largest organs, it’s responsible for metabolic functions like converting nutrients from your diet so your body can use them and making sure toxic substances are flushed out before they cause any harm, according to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care. When your liver is in trouble, though, there are a handful of ways it lets you know—and here are 20 signs of liver damage to watch out for. And, as these signs of liver problems commonly stem from excess alcohol consumption, you may want to consider taking our test to see if your boozing habits are healthy or not.
1- You Have Super-Itchy Skin
Primary biliary cholangitis — a chronic disease that destroys the bile ducts in your liver — doesn’t typically have super-noticeable symptoms, but one early sign is experiencing itchy skin. Sure, your skin might just be dry, but if it’s becoming a regular thing, it might be worth getting checked out — especially because itchy skin is also an indicator of cirrhosis of the liver.
2- Your Skin or Eyes Are Turning Yellow
Seeing the whites of your eyes start to turn yellow — or experiencing yellowing of your skin — can be incredibly scary, but it has a solid explanation: it’s called jaundice, it’s due to a high level of bilirubin in the body, which is a yellowish pigment that’s secreted by the liver. If you do notice the discoloration, it could be from many different signs of liver damage, from cirrhosis to hepatitis B.