- Toxin removal from the body
- Bile production is an important aspect of digestion.
- Synthesis of clotting factors
- Albumin and other blood proteins are synthesized.
- Cholesterol, hormone, and bilirubin secretion
- Vitamins (A, D, E, and K), minerals, and glycogen are all stored in the body.
- The breakdown of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins
- Enzymes are specialized proteins that are required for physiological functioning.
- Flu-like symptoms
- Dark urine
- Pale stool
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight gain
- Yellow skin and eyes which can be the signs of jaundice
- Excessive consumption of alcohols
- Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
- Toxic caused due to poisons or chemicals
- Viral Hepatitis
- Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
- Decreased blood flow to the liver
- Primary biliary cirrhosis
- Primary sclerosing cholangitis
- Wilson’s disease
Prevention of Hepatitis
- Local water
- Raw or undercooked shellfish and oysters
- Raw fruit and vegetables
- Not sharing needles for drugs
- Razors are not shared
- Not using another person's toothbrush
- Avoiding contact with blood that has been spilled
Complications of Hepatitis
- Chronic liver disease
- Liver Cancer
- Bleeding disorders
- The buildup of fluid in the abdomen
- Increased blood pressure in portal veins
- Kidney failure
- Hepatic encephalopathy
- Hepatocellular carcinoma is a form of liver cancer
Frequently Asked Questions:
Hepatitis is most commonly caused by hepatitis viruses, although it can also be caused by infections, toxic substances (such as alcohol and some medicines), and autoimmune illnesses. Hepatitis viruses are classified into five types: A, B, C, D, and E.
Hepatitis C can be a short-term sickness, but most people have chronic infection after an acute infection. If left untreated, chronic hepatitis C can be a lifetime infection. Hepatitis C is a dangerous infection that can lead to liver damage, cirrhosis (liver scarring), liver cancer, and even death.
Hepatitis A and E viruses (HAV and HEV) are both spread through enteric, or gastrointestinal, or fecal pathways. 1 The fecal-oral pathway is another name for this. To be infected with these viruses, you must consume virus-infested feces.
Hepatitis can be treated in any form, but only A and C are curable. Most patients with hepatitis A or B will recover on their own, with no long-term effects on their liver. People with hepatitis B can develop chronic liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer, in rare situations.