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Sometimes, you might feel ill, but would not be able to put a finger on what exactly is the problem. Obviously, that’s the reason why you visit a doctor.
Now, one of the most important organs of your body is the liver and your illness could be directly related to its malfunctioning. In fact, your brain’s functioning is directly influenced by the liver.
Any dysfunctioning of the liver can gradually put you at risk.
One such condition of your liver that could be the reason for your failing health is Hepatitis.
As you know that the liver has very important functions in your body, it is equally necessary for you to take care of your liver from getting affected by hepatitis.
What Is Hepatitis?
Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver. It is caused due to viral infection.
There are different types of hepatitis include hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E which is caused by hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E virus respectively.
Out of which hepatitis A, B, C & E can present as acute, but only B and C can progress to Chronic with super-infection by Hepatitis D in some cases. All these viruses are contagious.
What Are The Symptoms?
In most of the cases, people with Hepatitis take a lot of time to show symptoms, but there are changes that can occur in your body which may be a reason for it.
The visible symptoms are feeling pain in the right abdomen or swelling of the abdomen.
Also, you might have a frequent fever, fatigue, and nausea.
Viral infection can lead to unexplained loss of appetite.
The colour of your urine becomes dark which could be an indication of jaundice and the stool has a clay or pale colour.
How Do You Get It?
When the blood of an infected person is transfused into another person, through the exchange of needles or blood transfusion and also in case of long-term kidney dialysis there are higher possibilities of the person getting the disease. Also if the blood of the infected person comes in contact with your skin, eyes or mouth.
Who Is At Risk?
- Inhaling drugs and share straws with people who are invested.
- Sexual contact can put you at risk. The virus can spread through body fluids like vaginal secretions and semen.
- In some case, the virus can pass on to the child through the pregnant mother.
Treatment for Hepatitis:
There are no specific medications for hepatitis A and E as they can get resolved by resting and proper intake of fluids. In the case of hepatitis B, C, and D the treatment options are by giving antiviral agents like interferon and antiviral suppressive therapies.
You can prevent yourself from developing hepatitis by following these precautions like:
- Drinking clean and safe water.
- Consuming freshly cooked food.
- Cutting down the consumption of alcohol.
- Practicing safe sex using condoms.
- Going for regular check-ups.
- Maintain a healthy diet.
- Not sharing needles, straws, or manicure equipment.
If you think you have matching symptoms, do not worry.
Make sure that you Meet a Doctor immediately at Sunshine Hospitals because liver damage does not show symptoms at an early stage. You have ended in the right place by choosing this hospital for your treatment.
About the Doctor:
Dr. Nagarjuna Yarlagadda is a reputed Gastroenterologist at Sunshine Hospitals, Gachibowli. After getting his MBBS degree from Rangaraya Medical College in Kakinada, he earned his MD from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Chandigarh Dr. Nagarjuna has 25 years of experience. He served as Additional Professor of Gastroenterologyat NIMS (Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences) and was a consultant gastroenterologist at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) for 14 years and has a rich teaching experience as well. He also serves people as a member of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology, INASL and SGI. He has published papers and trials in national and international journals.
About Sunshine Hospitals:
A Multi Super Speciality Institution, 500 bedded Sunshine Hospitals (Paradise Circle, Secunderabad) is promoted by globally reputed Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr. AV Gurava Reddy (Orthopedic Doctor) and like-minded associates who share the objective of making world-standard healthcare available, affordable and accessible to the common man.