Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of a very vital organ of the body, the liver. Processing nutrients, fighting infections and filtering the blood are a few of the important functions of the liver. Inflammation can also be explained as the swelling that occurs when the tissues of your body are harmed or infected. The inflammation does damage the liver and also will have an effect on how well the liver functions.
Hepatitis can be categorized into 5 main viral classifications, that are Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. An unique virus is accountable for each form of hepatitis. Hepatitis can be an acute infection (short-term), or a chronic infection (long-term) or in some cases, both acute and chronic infections.
A lot of us might wonder, what causes people to be infected by hepatitis? Hepatitis can occur as the result of autoimmune (when your body produces antibodies against your liver tissue) or can be a side effect of medications, alcohol, drugs and toxins. However, there are various other potential causes of hepatitis, so let’s dive a little deeper into causes and symptoms.
Cause: Exposure to contaminated food and water.
Symptoms: Fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, consult a doctor as soon as possible. There are also vaccines that can protect you from a few types of hepatitis. Let’s look into a few ways we can effectively avoid hepatitis.