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Can elevated liver enzymes cause boils?

My son is 28 years old. He just told me that he went to a Dr. because he was getting sporatic boils that would not go away. The doctor did blood work and said that his liver enzymes are elevated and his cholestoral is also on the high side (225). He is not addressing the boil issue and wants him to have a liver ultrasound. Are the boils associated with the liver problems or something unrelated?? Can you suggest what he can possibly be dealing with. He has always had stomach issues since he was a young boy and he does drink socially, I think sometimes to excess (socially). Also he has not weight himself but feels he has been losing weight without trying.

Fri, 13 Mar 2015
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Hi
Thanks for choosing HCM for your query.
I appreciate your concern for your son's illness.

I have gone through the problems described in the question.

I am of the opinion that your son's present problem is due to alcohol induced liver disease with a possibility of suspected fatty liver that is why the treating doctor has advised ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis and to know the extent of liver disease.

High cholesterol and stomach related issues are due to alcohol consumption.
Sporadic boils (pyodermas) are due to decreased immunity also caused by alcohol resulting in recurrent infections.

The sporadic boils can be treated by appropriate course of antibiotics or surgical drainage. But the main problem of liver disease due to alcohol has to be defined and managed.

He must stop taking alcohol immediately. The high cholesterol level should be decreased by using a safe medicine in presence of liver disease.

I hope your doubts have been clarified.
Kindly give your feed back after getting convinced.
Regards
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Can elevated liver enzymes cause boils?

Hi Thanks for choosing HCM for your query. I appreciate your concern for your son s illness. I have gone through the problems described in the question. I am of the opinion that your son s present problem is due to alcohol induced liver disease with a possibility of suspected fatty liver that is why the treating doctor has advised ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis and to know the extent of liver disease. High cholesterol and stomach related issues are due to alcohol consumption. Sporadic boils (pyodermas) are due to decreased immunity also caused by alcohol resulting in recurrent infections. The sporadic boils can be treated by appropriate course of antibiotics or surgical drainage. But the main problem of liver disease due to alcohol has to be defined and managed. He must stop taking alcohol immediately. The high cholesterol level should be decreased by using a safe medicine in presence of liver disease. I hope your doubts have been clarified. Kindly give your feed back after getting convinced. Regards