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World Hepatitis Day (July 28th, 2015)

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 12:03:30 AM by healtheo360

Did you know that about 1.4 million people die from viral hepatitis? World Hepatitis Day this year is July 28th, 2015. Educate others about hepatitis, learn some prevention tips and treatments for this disease.

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What Is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is a disease that causes inflammation of the liver, which can either be self-limiting or progressive. Progressive stages of this disease can lead to fibrosis, cirrhosis, or liver cancer.

 

Different Types

Hepatitis A – is cause by food or water that has been infected with HAV (Hepatitis A Virus), this does not lead to any chronic disease.

Hepatitis B – this is a sexually transmitted disease, which can be spread by contact with infected blood, semen, and some other bodily fluids.

Hepatitis C – this is caused by direct contact with the blood of someone who has the disease.

Hepatitis D – it is normally caused by the HDV (Hepatitis D Virus), or someone who has Hepatitis B can infect you.

Hepatitis E – someone who is drinking infected water by the HEV (Hepatitis E Virus).

Hepatitis X – caused by an unknown virus.

Hepatitis G – caused by the HGV (Hepatitis G Virus), usually no symptoms.

Autoimmune Hepatitis – is caused when the body’s immune system attacks against the liver which can cause inflammation.

Alcoholic Hepatitis – caused by drinking alcohol too much, which ultimately destroys your liver.

 

Treatment

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Hepatitis A – there is no treatment for Hepatitis A, however it is suggested that you refrain from drinking any form of alcohol or drugs during your recovery period.

Hepatitis B – patient who has been diagnosed with hepatitis B is normally treated with bed rest and put on a diet that includes a lot of protein and carbohydrates. If the patient is still in pain then the doctor will prescribes interferon, which is an antiviral agent.

Hepatitis C – patient who has hepatitis C is normally prescribed pegylated interferon and ribavirin.

Hepatitis D - there are currently no treatments for hepatitis D.

Hepatitis E – there is no current treatments for hepatitis E, however this form of hepatitis is self-limiting.

Prevention – there are various prevention tips for each type of Hepatitis

Hepatitis A – always wash your hands after using the toilet, only consume food that has just been cooked, only drink commercially bottled water, or boiled water, and get a vaccination for Hepatitis A if you traveling to an environment that hepatitis may be endemic.

Hepatitis B - practice safe sex, always get vaccinated for a series of hepatitis B shots, and tell your partner if you are infected with the Hepatitis B virus.

Hepatitis C- if you are infected cover any open wounds, do not share your tooth rush, razor, or manicure equipment with anyone. Always practice safe sex and avoid direct exposure to blood or products that may have blood on it.

Hepatitis D - protect yourself the same way using the hepatitis B prevention guidelines. Remember only a person with Hepatitis B can become infected with hepatitis D.

Hepatitis E - protect yourself the same way using the Hepatitis A prevention guidelines

Alcoholic Hepatitis - drink less alcohol, or abstain from consuming alcohol

In developing countries with poor sanitary conditions, almost 90% of children have been infected with Hepatitis A virus before the age of 10 years old. Get tested today, educate others, and continue to spread the awareness of Hepatitis disease.

Sources:

Mayo Clinic

Medical News Today

WHO

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