The Different Types of Hepatitis Viruses: What You Need to Know
- July 25,2022
- 2 Min Read
The liver is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood, and fights infections in the body. Inflammation of the liver is called hepatitis.
This could occur due to several reasons like infection with hepatitis viruses, heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions.
The condition can be self-limiting or can progress to fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis or liver cancer.
“Hepatitis viruses are the MOST COMMON cause of Hepatitis.”
What are the different hepatitis viruses and common modes of transmission?
Hepatitis is most often caused by a virus, there are 5 main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D, and E.
Adapted from: Hepatitis.(2019, September 1).World Health Organization. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/news-room/questions-and-answers/item/hepatitis
Hepatitis many times does not show symptoms and hence goes undetected in many people for weeks.
Symptoms of hepatitis can include:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Light-colored stools
- Joint pain
- Nausea & vomiting
In case of acute infection, symptoms can appear anytime from 2 weeks to 6 months after exposure. Furthermore, symptoms of chronic viral hepatitis can take even decades to develop.
TIMELY DIAGNOSIS IS THE KEY TO PREVENTION!
Suburban Diagnostics offers a comprehensive hepatitis profile, includes:
- Anti HAV (Hepatitis A Virus) Antibody, IgM, Serum
- HBsAg (Hepatitis B Surface Antigen), Serum
- Anti HCV (Hepatitis C Virus) Antibody, Serum
- Anti HEV (Hepatitis E Virus) Antibody, IgM, Serum
Consult your physician today to know the right course of action and treatments.