Jaundice is a yellow discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes, and the whites of the eyes caused due to increased level of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a by-product of the daily breakdown activities of red blood cells in the body. It is a sign of an underlying disease process.
The full form of NASH is non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, which is a common, often silent, disease of the liver. It is characterized by fat in the liver, which causes inflammation and damage to the liver cells. If it is left untreated, NASH can lead to cirrhosis. The damage caused by fat in liver liver is similar to the damage caused by long-term alcohol abuse, even if the person does not drink alcohol, as the name suggest.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. This may lead to fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis or liver cancer. Along with Hepatitis viruses, other infections, toxic substances like alcohol, certain drugs, and autoimmune diseases can also develop hepatitis. There are similarities in Hepatitis B and C, but also have number of differences like both attack the liver, sometimes causing serious liver damage. They can both be transmitted through contact of blood with an infected person. Person may get infected by sharing needles or equipment used to inject drugs (including steroids); through infected blood products; passed on from mother to child and more. They can be treated with medication, which is improving all the time and this means that those infected with either hepatitis B or C can usually live a long and healthy life with a few lifestyle changes.
Alcoholic hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver caused by excessive alcohol consumption over an extended period. Person should drinking alcohol once symptoms are observed. Continued drinking can lead to additional health problems, such as cirrhosis (permanent scarring) of the liver, or even liver failure.