Many liver diseases are preventable by vaccine or can be reversed if caught early. Yet, liver disease is the number one killer in the United States. The number of diagnosed cases continues to climb each year. Doctors attribute this to obesity and diabetes. If you are concerned about a senior who you suspect may have liver disease, then here are a few symptoms Ft. Lauderdale live-in caregivers need to look for.
Urine and Stool
The seniors urine may be very dark like root beer if the liver is not processing bile correctly. Stools are also often lighter in color.
Skin and Nail
Many seniors who have one of the over 100 liver diseases often experience changes in the skin and nail color. A purple rash on the lower legs is one of the main signs that a doctor looks for to see how well the liver is functioning when doing an external exam. The skin may also have a yellow tint as bile builds up in the body.
The senior may report changes in his or her night vision when he or she has a liver disease. The whites of the eyes may have a yellow tinge. The senior may also develop very tiny bumps on his or her eyelids.
The senior may experience bloating when he or she has liver disease. The bloating may become so severe that it pushes up on the diaphragm, making it hard for the senior to breathe. In particular, the doctor may suspect a liver problem if the legs swell or if the breasts become enlarged.
Seniors who seem to never want to do anything because they are always tired may have a liver disease. Doctors think that some liver diseases change neurotransmitters in the brain causing the senior to feel like he or she wants to sleep all the time.
If you suspect liver disease in a senior that you love, then suggest that he or she see a doctor. To help your loved one manage his or her illness in the comfort of home, turn to Home Care Assistance. We are the leading provider of premier in-home care Ft. Lauderdale families trust to boost their loved ones’ physical and emotional wellbeing. Call (954) 909-0370 today to learn more about our services and set up a consultation with an experienced Care Manager.