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Information for Hepatitis Sufferers

What is hepatitis?

The term “hepatitis” refers to a disease which causes inflammation in the liver. Hepatitis is caused by any of the following hepatitis viruses: A, B, C, D, E, or G. Hepatitis F was thought to exist hypothetically, but investigation did not confirm its actual existence.

Symptoms vary considerably from no reported signs, to mild or short-term symptoms, to more serious or long-term symptoms and, in some cases, death.

Do I have hepatitis?

You can have hepatitis and not know it. You may not have symptoms. If you do, they can make you feel like you have the flu. Consult your doctor immediately if have persistent flu-like symptoms and you appear jaundice.

Jaundice a condition in which the skin and the whites of the eyes look yellow.

How is it diagnosed?

All forms of hepatitis have similar symptoms. Only a blood test can tell which form of the disease you have. A simple blood test can tell you whether or not you have the disease, as well as how well your liver is functioning, how recently (if at all) you were exposed to any hepatitis virus, from A-G, and which specific one you have.

How did I get it?

Hepatitis is caused by hepatitis viruses, which can be caused by:

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus is a disease which affects the liver, so hepatitis can be contracted due to your liver being compromised.
  • Alcohol. Long-term alcohol abuse worsens the liver damage caused by other types of hepatitis, especially hepatitis C.
  • Pregnancy. Pregnant women infected with hepatitis B can pass the virus to their babies.
  • Certain toxins. Dry cleaning solvents and the aptly named deathcap (amanita) mushroom belong in this group.
  • Certain herbs and nutritional supplements, such as cascara, chaparral, comfrey, kava , and ma-huang.
  • Certain drugs. Pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Aleve), and acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) can all damage your liver, especially if taken frequently or combined with alcohol.
  • Genetic factors. Some people seem genetically predisposed to develop hepatitis.
  • Fecal-oral route. That means that someone with the virus handles the food you eat without first carefully washing his or her hands after using the toilet.
  • Eating contaminated foods. You can contract the virus by, eating raw shellfish from water polluted with sewage.
  • Drinking contaminated water. You can contract the virus by drinking water polluted with sewage.
  • Blood transfusions. This is increasingly rare.
  • Contaminated tattoo and piercing needles. If tattooing and piercing needles are not properly cleaned and sterilized, they can transmit the disease.
  • Sharing needles, pipes, or other drug paraphernalia. Needles, etc. become contaminated after the initial use, so they can transmit the disease.
  • Sharing razors. If blood from a cut remains on the razor, it becomes contaminated meaning, it can transmit the disease.
  • Sexual transmission of blood or other bodily fluids. Through intercourse with a contaminated person, including anal and oral sex.
  • Any form of contact with blood other than your own. Medical workers or people responsible for cleaning up blood spills, can be contaminated.

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