Viral Hepatitis (A, B & C)
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Many illnesses and conditions can cause inflammation of the liver, for example, drugs, alcohol, chemicals, autoimmune diseases and viral infections. There are several hepatitis viruses; they have been named types A, B, C, D, E and G. The most common hepatitis viruses are types A, B, and C.
Hepatitis A (HAV)
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. The virus most commonly spreads when you eat or drink something contaminated by the person who doesn't thoroughly wash his or her hands after using the toilet.
Hepatitis A symptoms include:
- Yellowing of the skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
- Sudden nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain or discomfort, especially on the upper right side beneath your lower ribs (by your liver)
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Loss of appetite
- Low-grade fever
- Dark urine
- Joint pain
- Intense itching
Hepatitis B (HBV)
Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Acute hepatitis B causes symptoms to appear quickly in adults. Chronic hepatitis B develops slowly. Symptoms may not be noticeable unless complications develop. It spreads through contact with infected blood and certain other bodily fluids.
Symptoms of acute hepatitis B may not be apparent for months. However common symptoms include:
- dark urine
- joint and muscle pain
- loss of appetite
- abdominal discomfort
- yellowing of the whites of the eyes (sclera) and skin (jaundice)
Hepatitis C (HCV)
Hepatitis C is a contagious, viral liver disease. This disease spreads by blood-to-blood contact, and primarily by the use of injectable. Most people with hepatitis C do not realize that they have it. Acute HCV can cause abdominal discomfort, nausea, fatigue, and fever. Chronic HCV can lead to more severe scarring of the liver and liver cancers.
Chronic hepatitis C is usually a "silent" infection for many years, until the virus damages the liver enough to cause the signs and symptoms of liver disease.
Signs and symptoms include:
- Bleeding easily
- Bruising easily
- Poor appetite
- Yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
- Dark-colored urine
- Itchy skin
- Fluid buildup in your abdomen (ascites)
- Swelling in your legs
- Weight loss
- Confusion, drowsiness and slurred speech (hepatic encephalopathy)
For Ayurvedic treatment of ‘Hepatitis’ please contact our physicians at:
Best Ayurveda Clinic
2250 Bovaird Dr. E, Unit 601, Brampton ON L6R0W3
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