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Hepatitis  FAQ

What  is   Hepatitis ?

Any condition that results in inflammation and damage to your liver which can be caused Alcohol, by medications (too much tylenol or even  certain herbal teas) or unhealthy diet too rich in sugar and also infections due to bacteria or most commonly viruses. There are many viruses that can cause  inflammation in your liver  such as Hepatitis A Virus, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C virus, Epstein Barr Virus, Cytomegalovirus. 

 

You don't always get symptoms, or sometimes the symptoms are very atypical and therefore if you are concerned that you may have contracted hepatitis you should consult your healthcare provider  immediately . Certain viruses  can cause acute liver disease that can be life threatening  but we are also concerned  more frequently chronic liver disease that can cause liver cirrhosis and sometimes cancer.

How Is It Viral Hepatitis Spread?

 Viral hepatitis can be transmitted  to healthy people and each type of viral hepatitis can spread  differently .

By example You can catch catch Hepatitis A if you drink water or eat food  which has been contaminated with the stool of someone with the Hepatitis A virus; you can contract hepatitis B at birth or by having unprotected sex with someone with the infection;you can contract hepatitis C by injecting drugs in your blood using contaminated needles.You can not only rely on the internet  to educate yourself and make decisions about your health.

How Is It Diagnosed?

Blood tests allow doctors to diagnose it.

Ultrasound of the liver can help visualize the liver and 

In some situation a liver biopsy can be indicated to establish a definite diagnosis 

Are There Any Long-Term Effects?

For Hepatitis B and C  there are severe long term effects

For some people, hepatitis C is a short-term illness but for 70%–85% of people who become infected with Hepatitis C, it becomes a long-term, chronic infection.

Chronic Hepatitis C is a serious disease than can result in long-term health problems, even death. The majority of infected persons might not be aware of their infection because they are not clinically ill

For hepatitis A ,Usually the virus doesn't cause any long-term problems or complications. But according to the CDC, 10% to 15% of people with hepatitis A will have symptoms that last a long time or come back over a 6- to 9-month period. In rare situations, some people may have liver failure or need a transplant.

 

What's the Treatment for viral Hepatitis?

 It depends on which specific virus affects your liver

 There is a curative  treatment for Hepatitis C , it has gotten significantly better over the last few years 

 There is a treatment to control hepatitis B but it is not curative 

 There is no treatment that  can cure Hepatitis A 

 

Your doctor will usually  take blood tests that check your liver function to be sure your body is healing.

At People Care Institute, we can offer treatment for Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B infection and we also offer vaccinations.  

 

Are There  viral Hepatitis  Vaccines?

 Again it depends on which specific virus you are trying to protect yourself from !

There is no vaccine against Hepatitis C

But there is an effective vaccine against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B .Because of the potential severe consequences of Viral hepatitis, we recommend  Vaccination  against viral hepatitis  A and B

The vaccine is usually  given in doses.

Getting vaccinated is your best defense hepatitis A and B .

For Hepatitis A

If you come in contact with someone with hepatitis A, you can get a specific medication called immune globulin within 2 weeks.Good hygiene is also important. Always wash your hands with soap and water after using the bathroom, before and after handling food, and after changing a diaper.

 

For Hepatitis B

Getting vaccinated is your best defense !

Avoiding risky behaviours such as unprotectex sex and  use intravenous drug use in particular with contaminated needles

For Hepatitis C 

 Hepatitis C is  blood-borne virus and most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs and very rarely nowadays  through blood transfusion or infected medical equipment . Therefore avoiding  these situations and behaviors that can spread the disease is the best way to prevent hepatitis C 

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Consult a doctor for medical advice or visit us at PEOPLE CARE INSTITUTE for more information

 

Note: The information you see here is general and describes what usually happens with a medical condition, but doesn't apply to everyone. This information IS NOT  a substitute for professional medical advice, so please  make sure to contact a healthcare provider if you have a medical problem. 

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