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Understanding Viral Hepatitis: Risk Factors, Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment

This article discusses the transmission and risk factors of viral hepatitis, emphasizing the importance of timely treatment to improve patient outcomes.

Viral hepatitis is an infection that leads to liver inflammation and damage, caused by various viruses such as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. Hepatitis A and E typically cause acute infections, while hepatitis B, C, and D can result in both acute and chronic conditions. Viral hepatitis is a significant health concern affecting many people in the country.

Hepatitis A and E spread through contaminated food or water, whereas hepatitis B and C are transmitted via blood or bodily fluids. Hepatitis D can only infect individuals already carrying hepatitis B. The risk factors for transmission vary by virus type.

Dr. Alisha Chaubal, Senior Consultant in Hepatology and Liver Transplant at Gleneagles Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, explains that risk factors include unsafe injection practices, unprotected sex with an infected person, sharing personal items like razors with an infected individual, and traveling to areas with poor sanitation. Awareness of these factors is crucial for preventing the spread of viral hepatitis.

Symptoms of viral hepatitis can differ depending on the type but generally include fatigue, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), dark urine, abdominal pain, nausea, and loss of appetite.

Treatment depends on the specific virus causing the infection. For hepatitis B, antiviral medications are commonly used to reduce viral replication. In cases of severe liver damage, a liver transplant might be necessary. Vaccination against hepatitis A and B is highly effective in preventing these infections. Additional preventive measures include practicing safe sex, not sharing needles, and maintaining good hygiene. Avoiding smoking and alcohol, along with adequate rest, are also recommended. Public awareness campaigns aim to reduce the burden of viral hepatitis. It’s important to follow medical advice and avoid self-medication.

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