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A Little about Hepatitis and What You Should Do If You Suspect Being Sick with It

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Ask someone (not a real doctor, of course) if they know what indicates that a person may have hepatitis infection and the answer mostly comes as one word- jaundice.

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Now, go ahead and ask a real doctor and you shall find out the truth. Hepatitis viruses cause infection and affect the liver. Jaundice is a significantly frequent symptom of this condition. However, it is not a regular one.

Many cases of hepatitis do not involve an episode of jaundice. Sometimes, the most you may get in the name of a symptom could be a touch of the flu or nothing at all. Getting tested is the only sure shot way of knowing whether or not you have this virus.

Hepatitis Types and Their Effect on Your Health

Hepatitis is of five types because of the five viruses that cause each kind of infection- A. B, C, D, and E. Each one has different symptoms and treatment methods. A, B, and C are very common.

Independent of the type of hepatitis you may have, the ultimate burden of this infection falls on the liver. Also, depending on the kind, you might get only mild complications, or you might face grave liver injury and a potential organ failure episode.

Symptoms of Hepatitis

Hepatitis could act as a silent disease and produce no symptoms. In the cases where it does show up with signs, they involve the following.

l  Jaundice- yellow skin, dark urine colour.

l  Fatigue

l  Fever

l  Nausea

l  Appetite loss

l  Joint pain

l  Diarrhoea

l  Stomach pain

How Could You Have Possibly Caught Hepatitis?

Hepatitis B and C could be passed on by a mother to her child. They could also be transmitted through sexual contact. However, the chances of acquiring B virus via unprotected sex is higher than that of acquiring C virus.

Hepatitis D, C, and B are spread via direct contact with the blood of the infected. Sharing needles, razors, toothbrushes, etc. with people who have the infection can cause you to acquire it as well.

Hepatitis A and E spread when an infected person contaminated food by not washing hands after using the restroom.

Your risk factors increase under certain circumstances. If you are in regular contact with needles(on dialysis for long, use drugs, are HIV positive, or had a mother with Hep C), it is always better to get checked and be safe than avoid the matter and be sorry.

Think You Have Hepatitis- Get Tested Now

Hepatitis A and E are milder than the other three. They go away over a duration of a few weeks to a few months on their own.

Hepatitis B, C, and D, however, are different stories. They could turn into chronic liver condition, and damage the organ to a point beyond repair if not checked on time. Acute cases of Hepatitis B and D may go away with time. The permanent ones need to be treated with utmost care and urgency. Drugs and advanced medical procedures may be able to return the liver to a good enough state of health.

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