Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis can occur as a short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic) infection. Whether or not you experience acute or chronic hepatitis depends on the type of hepatitis you have.
The different types of hepatitis have different causes:
The symptoms of hepatitis include but are not limited to:
It is important to note that not every infected individual will show symptoms and the time at which symptoms begin to appear to vary from person to person. Individuals with acute hepatitis can experience symptoms anywhere from two to six months after the initial infection. Individuals with chronic hepatitis may not experience symptoms until years after the initial infection.
Hepatitis treatment is dependent on the type of hepatitis and whether it is an acute or chronic infection. Acute viral infections typically clear up on their own and require rest and plenty of intake of fluids. More serious cases of hepatitis infection may call for the following treatment plans:
Some preventative measures for certain types of hepatitis exist such as vaccinations for hepatitis A and B, limiting alcohol intake, and being cautious when potentially exchanging bodily fluids with another individual be it through recreational drug use or unprotected sex. There are no preventative measures for autoimmune hepatitis, but early detection and treatment can aid in slowing the progression of the disease.
To find out more about Hepatitis at Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Centers, call the office or request an appointment online today.