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Know more about Hepatitis

The word “Hepatitis” means inflammation of liver caused by a virus /toxin. However, the disease is much more serious than It sound. It damages liver cells responsible for detoxifying the blood, hormones, storing vitamins.
The liver functions can be affected by five viruses – A, B, C, D and E.

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A spreads through food / water contaminated with virus, usually through poop from an infected person.
Its symptoms include fever, jaundice, and diarrhea. It could also be transmitted through close physical contact or sex. It lasts for few months and require no medical treatment however, doctors recommended taking healthy food, fluids and plenty of rest.
A vaccine is available for Hepatitis A.

Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B can be transmitted through blood, semen, or other body fluids. The virus can be contracted through unprotected sex, sharing needles and infected mother can pass it to her infants.
Its symptoms are similar to Hepatitis A, for those with chronic Hepatitis B infection, there is a risk of progressing to cirrhosis.
A vaccine is available for Hepatitis B.

Hepatitis C
It could be transmitted through infected blood, including unsafe blood transfusion and contaminated needles.
Hepatitis C usually don’t show any symptoms and may also be left untreated for decades. It can swell/damage the liver. Patient of Hepatitis C may develop cirrhosis which can lead to liver cancer.
There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C.

Hepatitis D
It is considered as most severe form. Only patient diagnosed with Hepatitis B can contract Hepatitis D which is also known as “Hepatitis Delta”. Getting Hepatitis B vaccine will prevent one from contracting Hepatitis D.

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