Hepatitis- What Actually It Is?

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Published on July 28, 2015 by HWC

The video talks about hepatitis and its causes.

Hepatitis is a condition characterized by inflammation or swelling of the liver caused due to infectious or non-infectious etiologies. Infectious could be viruses and non-infectious would be drugs and alcohol. Drugs such as acetaminophen and methotrexate can cause infection or swelling.

Non-alcoholic hepatitis can also cause inflammation of the liver. It can be very mild or very severe with cirrhosis and scarring of the liver.

Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E are the most common types of viruses that cause inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis A and E are both Foodborne illnesses and can cause mild GI symptoms like vomiting and nausea, jaundice, turning the color of the urine. This can be limited within a period of two to three weeks or can last for more than six to twelve weeks.

On the other hand, hepatitis B and C are both viruses that can affect the liver. These can be cured by the body but if persists for a long time can lead to liver cirrhosis and cancer.

Hepatitis D requires Hepatitis B to replicate. This virus can be contracted at the same time of acquisition of hepatitis B. It can spread through infected bodily fluids and is very rarely observed.

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