Hepatitis treatment and prevention

hepatitis preventionAre you Developing Hepatitis?

What is Hepatitis?

This word hepatitis is the result of a Greek word hepar meaning “liver” and Latin words itis which means “inflammation”. So, hepatitis means a disease of liver causing inflammation to the liver cells.

When one needs to get alert:

Sometimes this disease is not easy to diagnose because of the mild symptoms that are related to other common diseases. Common symptoms of Hepatitis in men includes

  • Fatigue
  • Mild fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Aching muscles and joints
  • Vomiting and Nausea
  • Pain in belly

Others severe symptoms of hepatitis appear in rare cases like

  • Darkness of Urine
  • Jaundice
  • Continuous dizziness
  • Light-colored stools
  • Inner bleeding

These hepatitis symptoms could best be confirmed with laboratory testing.

How do you get Hepatitis?

What causes hepatitis is another question that needs to be answered for better understanding of the problem. There are at least seven different kinds of disease discovered so far caused due to different reasons. Taking drugs through syringes, consuming infected food, often using the abnormal amount of anesthesia (as per latest research) and unprotected physical contact are the major factors that cause hepatitis. Using unhygienic and infected needles for piercing and syringes during drugs intake could also be a cause of transmission of the hepatitis.

Types of Hepatitis:

As mentioned earlier so far seven different kinds of hepatitis have been discovered that could only be detected by proper lab tests. The main five types are Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis D, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis E. Besides these, other less commonly known forms are Hepatitis X and Hepatitis G. Among these types, Hepatitis C is considered to be the most viral and deadly form of hepatitis.

How to treat Hepatitis:

Generally a hepatitis patient does not require any proper treatment as the body develops immunity against the virus especially for HAV and HBV. Using of food enriched with protein and carbohydrate and taking rest could be effective for hepatitis treatment. However, HCV should not be neglected and should be treated as per doctor’s recommendations.

What is HCV and how is it transmitted?

Hepatitis C virus also referred as HCV causes viral hepatitis which could be in mild form of hepatitis called the acute hepatitis C lasting generally for less than six months and the chronic hepatitis C lasting for a life time as it is not possible for your body to fight this virus. The chances are high that those who have suffered acute form are likely to suffer from chronic type as well. There are various mediums through which hepatitis C transmission could take place, major being the direct contact with infected blood. Hepatitis C causes are the same as those mentioned earlier. The transfer of HCV one person to another is not possible by touching or eating or drinking with them. Also it is not possible that the virus get transmitted through breast feeding.

How to diagnose HCV

The hepatitis C symptoms are not easy to identify. It is also called “silent killer” as in the beginning around 80% infected person may not show any signs of illness at all. The minor signs of hepatitis C include increased body temperature, sickness, muscle pulls and in some cases jaundice.

Is vaccination an option for HCV?

Developing an effective vaccination for hepatitis C is difficult because of the unique characteristics of virus. But the researchers and scientists are trying their best to develop a useful hepatitis C vaccine.

Hepatitis C Treatment:

If there is no vaccination available then the question rises that is Hepatitis C curable? The simple answer to this question is “yes” there is a hepatitis C cure available if right kind of treatment is provided. In case the patient needs a proper treatment, the extent of damage needs to be measured. A few antiviral and therapies are available that could be effective in this regard.

In case you experience any such signs consult with your doctor today and get yourself treated. It is said that prevention is better than cure. So, love yourself and live a healthy life.

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