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Hepatitis

Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a general term that can denominate a wide array of viral and inflammatory diseases of the liver that may result in severe liver damage (cirrhosis), or even liver cancer. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B can be prevented with vaccination or some hygienic measures, as they spread through contact with infected body fluids and stool.

Types of Hepatitis

  • Infectious (hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C)
  • Toxin triggered (such as alcohol, poisons)
  • Certain medications, for instance acetaminophen can cause liver inflammation
  • Autoimmune hepatitis

Naturally, hepatitis treatments need to be adjusted to the type of hepatitis you are diagnosed with, so there are no generic cure for all hepatitis.

Symptoms can derive from acute or chronic hepatitis, in both cases you may experience:

  • Yellowish skin and eyes
  • Fever
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Changed color of the urine and lighter stool

Hepatitis A

It is the most common type of viral hepatitis infection, but at the same time it poses the least long-term threat. A well-known way to spread hepatitis A is to come into contact with infected stool through contaminated food or drink. See your doctor and get a blood test if you have signs of hepatitis.

Hepatitis treatments applicable for this type involve taking extra care of your liver by not drinking alcohol, not taking unnecessary medication and detoxify the liver by natural means. If you health is generally good, hepatitis A will go away on its own.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a much more serious, occasionally life-threatening viral infection many times spread unknowingly through body fluids, most commonly during sexual intercourse. Healthy adults can fight off the disease and recover fully, but a small number of patients develop chronic hepatitis and will spread the disease for years. Hepatitis B can be asymptomatic for months,  that is why it can be easily transmitted. Fortunately with a few preventive steps, even if you are not vaccinated, you can avoid infection:

  • Have safe sex
  • Never share personal objects of hygiene
  • Take extra care when you have a tattoo or piercing done
  • Avoid direct contact with other’s blood and stool.

In this case the procedure for hepatitis treatments includes preventive vaccination that can only be administered in the early stages of the infection. Unless it gets chronic, hepatitis B only requires constant medical monitoring. More drastic measures are only necessary if the infection will not go away. Antiviral medication such as Baraclude and Viread are proven to be highly efficient among hepatitis treatments.

Hepatitis C

This type of hepatitis can be transmitted similarly to hepatitis B, by direct contact with the body fluids of infected people. It is a quite a diverse variation of hepatitis viruses, some sub-hepatitis C viruses respond well to hepatitis treatments, others do not.

To treat hepatitis C two standard agents are administered, peginterferon and pegylated interferon are synthesized protein molecules that act similarly to our own immune system. The cure is shown to be efficient in 55% of hepatitis C infected patients.