Hepatitis viruses cause liver inflammation that is difficult to determine by symptoms alone and needs to be confirmed only with a blood test.
The virus is of several types like hepatitis A, B, C, D and E are known as HAV, HBV, HBC, HCV, HDV and HEV. It is often misunderstood as jaundice as the symptoms like yellowing of skin and eyes, extreme fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, etc. are similar but the effects are vastly different and detrimental.
Some interesting facts about Hepatitis:
Symptoms of Acute Infection:
All the viral types like hepatitis A, B and C are mostly having similar symptoms, which can be all or one of the following indicators like fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, gray coloured stool, joint pain and jaundice.
Hepatitis A is 15 to 50 days. Average 28 days.
Hepatitis B is 45 to 160 days. Average 120 days.
Hepatitis C is 14 to 180 days. Average 45 days.
Hepatitis A can be prevented by the vaccine to all ages above one-year-old. It consists of two doses that are to be administered 6 months apart. Moreover, improved sanitation, food safety and immunization are the most effective ways to combat the disease. It ensures long term protection of about 5-8 years after vaccination.
Hepatitis B also can be prevented by vaccination that is administered to all infants at birth. For Hepatitis B, C, D, and E the preventive measures are advised on similar grounds. Opt for safe sex and use only clean and maiden syringes. Do not share manicure instruments, earrings, body rings, razors or toothbrushes. Be aware of using only healthy and sterilized skin perforating instruments. Discard sanitary napkins and tampons with responsibility in a marked plastic cover. Furthermore, maintain a healthy diet, avoid alcohol, avoid intake of unnecessary pain medications, ensure regular exercise for better immunity levels and cultivate a good and strong social support system.