Different Types Of Hepatitis

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Hepatitis is a disease that affects the liver in different forms.  The cause is usually dependent on the symptoms and the prognosis.  Some forms of hepatitis are unable to reveal their symptoms and it is only noticeable when the inflammation has been there long enough to lead to the replacement of liver cells by the connective tissue.

General signs and symptoms of hepatitis are enlarged liver, fever, stomach pain and jaundice, which is also known as icterus.  Acute hepatitis is usually caused by viral infections.

There are seven different forms of hepatitis: Hepatitis A, B, C, D,E, F, and G.  None of these are good and they should be avoided.  The most common strain is Hepatitis A.  This is transmitted by the orofecal route, which is basically tainted food.  This one is also the easiest to get. Hepatitis A is not a chronic strain, so the body can create antibodies and build up immunity against it.  A great way to prevent catching the A strain is by getting a Hepatitis A vaccination.  This vaccine will help prevent infection.

Hepatitis A has plenty of siblings.  The closest being Hepatitis B.  This one is also very easy to catch.  This one can be contracted through tattoos, blood, and sexual contact.  This type can also be inherited from your mother when you are born.  Hepatitis B can be acute, but some people cannot produce antibodies and it goes from acute to chronic in the body.

The best way to avoid Hepatitis is by implementing clean, sanitary practices and by getting vaccines. 


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