There are 3 leading hepatitis:
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. there are also other, less common types known as hepatitis D, hepatitis E and hepatitis G. All are contagious to some extent. Hepatitis A also known as infectious hepatitis, easily spread through person to person contact, fecal contamination of food or water, and raw shellfish taken from polluted water. It is contagious between 2-3 weeks before, and one week after, jaundice appears. Hepatitis B is also called serum hepatitis, is spread through contact with infected blood ( for example from mother to child at birth or through the use of contaminated needles, and transfused blood).
Most people -75 % recover from hepatitis B, although 25 % go on to develop cirrhosis of the liver or cancer of the liver. Hepatitis C, the most serious form of hepatitis. Hepatitis C is four times more prevalent than AIDS and 20 times easier to catch. About 85 % of infections lead to chronic liver disease. The virus causes slowly progressing but ultimately devastating damage to the liver. The most common means of Hepatitis C transmission after blood transfusion before 1992 are sharing needles, intravenous drug use and sexual contact. It can also be transmitted from mother to child during childbirth. Hepatitis D or delta hepatitis, occurs in some
people already infected with hepatitis B. It is the least common of all hepatitis viruses, but the most serious because there are 2 types of hepatitis working together. It can be transmitted through sexual contact or from mother to child at birth. It is also possible to develop hepatitis as a result of exposure to certain toxins or alcohol or drug use, including the over use of over-the -counter medications such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrim (Iboprofen). This is called toxic hepatitis.
Environmental toxins absorbed through the skin can damage the liver. Chlorinated hydrocarbon and arsenic are examples of severe hepatoxic agents. In toxic hepatitis, the amount of exposure to the toxin determines the extent of liver damage. There's a vaccine for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B and there's treatment for hepatitis C. The symptoms of hepatitis include: fever, weakness, nausea, vomiting, headache, loss of appetite, muscle aches, joint pains, drowsiness, dark urine, light colored stools, abdominal discomfort, and often jaundice (yellowing of the skin due to an accumulation of bilirubin) and elevated liver enzymes in the blood. Flu like symptoms maybe mild or severe.
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THEM YET. HEPATITIS IS DIAGNOSED BY MEANS OF A BLOOD TEST.