What is the Treatment for Liver Fibrosis?
The process leading to cirrhosis can often be slowed and sometimes even halted. The liver has an amazing ability to regenerate itself once the underlying cause of the fibrosis is controlled or cured.
- Abstain from drinking alcohol (drinking alcohol may cause further liver damage)
- Treat any infections promptly (avoid people who are ill, use good hygiene by frequent hand washing, get vaccinated for hepatitis A and B, influenza and pneumonia)
- Eat a healthy, well balanced diet including lots of fruits and vegetables/avoid raw seafood (good nutrition is important to liver health). People with liver concerns should avoid eating raw seafood due to the risk of infection.
- Eat a low sodium/low fat diet (excess salt can cause the body to increase fluid retention in the abdomen and legs)
- If diagnosed with hepatitis, take medications to treat it which can slow disease progression and possibly reverse fibrosis
- Avoid inhaling toxic substances by wearing a protective mask
- Avoid the use of recreational drugs
- Use over the counter medications carefully avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen (Aleve, others). When in doubt, consult a physician or pharmacist
- Get regular exercise and rest
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Home Health Guide “Liver Fibrosis” http://medicallywiseinfo.com/2010/757/liver-fibrosis.html/ Retrieved March 28, 2011
Mayo Clinic “Mayo Clinic Innovation Aids in Diagnosing Hepatic Fibrosis” http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2009-sct/5160.html/ Retrieved March 28, 2011
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse NDDIC “Chronic Hepatitis C: Current Disease Management – Liver Biopsy” http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/chronichepc/ Retrieved March 28, 2011
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