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World Hepatitis Day 2018

World Hepatitis Day 2018

World Hepatitis Day takes place every year on the 28th of July. It is aimed at bringing the world together to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and the impact it has. The theme for this year is “Eliminate Hepatitis.”

What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. It may be caused by drugs, alcohol use, or certain medical conditions. But in the most common cases, it’s caused by a virus. This is known as viral hepatitis, and the most common forms are A, B, and C.

What are the symptoms?

There are many different symptoms that come along with hepatitis, due to there being different types. The infectious forms that are chronic like B and C may have no symptoms in the beginning. Some symptoms may not even occur until the damage affects liver function. Take a look at the signs and symptoms below:

  • Fatigue
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Dark urine
  • Pale Stool
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Yellow skin and eyes

The chronic stage of the disease develops slowly so these symptoms might be too subtle to notice.

Treatment:

Treatment would be dependent on the type of Hepatitis that you have. The following treatment options are the most common:
Bed rest and abstaining from alcohol. Medication may be taken to help relieve symptoms. Hepatitis B and C are treated with medication. The worst case scenario would be a liver transplant due to liver failure.

The best thing to do in order to prevent hepatitis would be to make sure that you have up to date vaccines and make sure that you are very hygienic.

References:
Spring Mag
A Visual Guide to Hepatitis
How hepatitis is treated
Patient Relations

Medical Gap Cover Questions & Queries

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If you have any more queries or questions regarding anything related to TRA Gap Cover, why not reach out to our helpful specialists here. You can also visit our Gap Cover here.

Note: All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on and matter relating to their health and well-being. The information and opinions expressed here are believed to be accurate, based on the best judgement available to the authors, and readers who fail to consult with appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries. Errors and Omissions Excepted. Terms and Conditions Apply.

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