Posted On Sep 01, 2022
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Hepatitis is a group of infectious diseases, usually caused by a variety of viruses such as A, B, C, D, and E. The leading cause of hepatitis is a viral infection. Hence, it's often referred to as viral hepatitis.
Baruch Samuel Blumberg, a Nobel laureate, discovered the Hepatitis B virus. He also created its diagnostic test and vaccine. The World Health Assembly marked 28th July as World Hepatitis Day in honor of Baruch Samuel Blumberg. The aim of celebrating World Hepatitis Day is to create awareness and prevent viral hepatitis cases.
Get in touch with Manipal Hospitals for Hepatitis B treatment in Jaipur. Our experienced doctors in the gastroenterology and hepatology center of excellence can address all your concerns related to diagnosis, treatment, and vaccination of hepatitis.
Hepatitis leads to inflammation and deterioration of the liver. The liver filters blood processes nutrients and fights infections. A damaged liver impacts these critical functions of the human body.
A form of hepatitis that rarely results in severe complications. The liver usually heals in a few months after hepatitis A. A vaccine is available for the prevention of hepatitis A.
A condition of hepatitis that has a few cases of chronic infection. A person who might not have any symptoms can be a spreader of this variant. A vaccine is also available for the prevention of hepatitis B.
Roughly 80% of people infected with hepatitis C develop a lifelong liver problem. There is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C.
A hepatitis B vaccine also protects against hepatitis D, as it impacts people who already have hepatitis B.
A form of hepatitis that spreads via contaminated water and food. A vaccine is available now with limited availability.
Some hepatitis cases do not fall under the above hepatitis categories as other viruses may also trigger hepatitis: Some such viruses are:
CMV spreads via close contact with an infected person or a monkey.
EBV is a common human virus that spreads mainly via contact with body fluids.
HSV causes genital and oral herpes and is primarily sexually transmitted.
Most people recover from viral hepatitis with timely treatment. Around 20% of patients develop chronic liver disease, including liver failure or liver cancer. However, rare hepatitis may also result in death.
Here are the common causes of known hepatitis types.
Consumption of infected food or water
Consumption of undercooked meat
Sexual contact with an infected person
Getting exposed to utilized needles
Contact with infected blood
Contact with body fluids like the sweat of an infected person
Transfer from mother to an unborn child
Transfer to child from mother during their birth
Contact with body fluids of an infected person
One can only be infected if they have hepatitis B
Consumption of contaminated food or water
Some of the commonly observed symptoms of hepatitis are:
Pain in the stomach
Jaundice- yellow skin or white eyes
Pale fecal matter discharge
Constant low fever
Lack of hunger
Monsoons increase hepatitis infections by manifolds. Here are some precautions we can take, especially during the monsoons, to stay safe from hepatitis.
Avoid street foods.
Avoid pre-cut fruits washed with unsanitary water.
Drinking juices and eatable like Paani-Puri made with contaminated water.
Avoid eating unclean, raw, and uncooked food.
Observe good sanitary habits and wash hands with soap frequently.
Report areas with open defecation as it pollutes groundwater sources.
Do not share needles. It is often a practice amongst drug addicts.
Avoid unprotected sex with multiple partners.
Maintain good hygiene when traveling to areas with poor sanitation.
Get vaccinated for hepatitis A and B. Consult with a Gastroenterologist in Jaipur to know more about the vaccination process.
Consume packaged drinking water when traveling.
Rest if you are feeling weak or ill.
Avoid excess consumption of alcohol.
Manipal Hospitals, Jaipur, offers the best treatment for hepatitis in Jaipur. Prominent differentiating factors of Manipal Hospitals, Jaipur are:
Manipal Hospitals, Jaipur, is a multispeciality hospital that offers 24*7 care for its patients with the availability of expert medical staff and facilities.
The leading gastroenterology hospital in Jaipur offers world-class diagnosis, blood tests, and services to help patients discover if they have hepatitis or other diseases.
We have the best gastroenterology doctors in Jaipur to handle hepatitis. Experts from other departments also help patients with any complications that may arise during the treatment.
Equipped with a 24*7 pharmacy, we ensure that patients can access their medicines whenever needed.
This monsoon, stay safe and protected from harmful viral hepatitis and other infections, follow the precautions mentioned above and stay updated with the latest knowledge by listening to our medical podcast and reading blogs by leading experts.
Consultant - Gastroenterology
Manipal Hospitals, Jaipur