Hepatitis

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Hepatitis

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. Usually caused by a viral infection. These include autoimmune hepatitis and a secondary as a result of medications, drugs, toxins and alcohol.

Types

First of all viral infections of the liver are classified as

hepatitis

  • Types A, B, C, D and E
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Autoimmune hepatitis

The most common types of hepatitis are  A, B, C and secondary hepatitis.

 Symptoms

Limited symptoms is present. Probably a flue like symptoms maybe seen.

  • Muscle and joint pain
  • A high temperature of 38C fever (100.4F) or above
  • Feeling unwell
  • Head-aches
  • Seems like feeling tired all the time
  • Depression
  • Jaundice
  • Likewise a general sense of feeling unwell

 Causes of Hepatitis

  • Caused by bacteria’s like anaplasma, nocardia
  • Probably factors like alcohol
  • Auto immune conditions: systemic lupus erythematosus
  • As a result of certain drugs: Paracetamol, amoxycillin, antituberculosis medicines and minocycline
  • Ischemic hepatitis (circulatory insufficiency)
  • Metabolic diseases: Wilson’s disease
  • Maybe due to pregnancy

    Hepatitis

Treatments

Treatment methods differ depending on the type of infection. Likewise there are two types of treatment; Acute conditions and the other being Chronic conditions.

Type A

HAV is a short-term illness,due to that reason bed rest is recommended. HAV vaccination is  also available for adults.

Type B

Treatment for chronic HVB requires regular medical evaluations and monitoring. Probably to determine if the virus is responding to treatment.

Type C

Curable for about 95 percentage of patients using oral anti-viral drugs however there can be some unpleasant side effects. further more there is no vaccination currently.

Type D
There is no antiviral medications.Therefore preventive method is getting a vaccination for HVB.
Type E

Because there is no specific medical therapies to treat hepatitis E. Hence infected patients are often advised to get adequate rest. Therefore they are requested to drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol. Pregnant women certainly, require close monitoring and care.

Autoimmune hepatitis
Further more a drug to suppresses the immune system is included in treatment.
 Alcoholic hepatitis

Treatment involves therapies as a result to ease the signs and symptoms of liver damage. Hence quitting drinking is recommended.

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