Can you believe that you have an organ that alone weighs around 1 kg within your body?
It sits on the right-hand side of your abdomen, right below the diaphragm and tucked under your rib cage.
Are you giving it a try to find which organ it is?
Yeah, Its the LIVER.
The liver is an amazing organ that does more than you think it does.
Some of the functions that your liver does are processing toxins from the blood, controlling cholesterol levels, blood clotting, and so on and on.
But what if your liver is in trouble?
One such condition that can affect your liver is hepatitis.
The functioning of organs is methodical, so it is not possible of some other organ switching the work as humans do.
So here are the guidelines for you to prevent and protect your liver from the risk of developing hepatitis.
What Is Hepatitis?
It is the inflammatory condition of the liver. It’s caused by a virus. Hepatitis can be an autoimmune disease or it can be the result of using certain medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol.
Viral infection of the liver can be classified into five categories like:
- Hepatitis A is caused by hepatitis A virus, transmitted through contaminated food and water.
- Hepatitis B which is caused by the hepatitis B virus transmitted through infected body fluids like blood, semen, or vaginal secretion.
- Hepatitis C comes through hepatitis C virus transmitted through direct body contact or sexual contact.
- Hepatitis D is transmitted through direct contact with the infected blood and is caused by the hepatitis D virus.
- Hepatitis E is a waterborne disease caused by the hepatitis E virus.
Hepatitis A and E are acute whereas, B, C, and D are chronic.
Excessive consumption of alcohol is the cause for damage of liver and inflammation.
Symptoms Of Hepatitis
In most of the cases, the only chronic form of hepatitis shows the symptoms. Only in case of severe liver damage, the symptoms will be visible because it develops slowly and they are very subtle to notice.
The symptoms include:
- Loss of appetite
- Pale colored stool
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
Treatment For Hepatitis
The treatment options are dependent on the type of hepatitis that patients are suffering from.
Hepatitis A and E barely need any treatment because it’s a short-term illness. Bed-rest and intake of fluids can resolve this condition. Hepatitis A vaccine is available to prevent the infection. Hepatitis B and C virus is treated by antiviral medications and therapies. In case of chronic hepatitis C which may require a liver transplant. Hepatitis D can be treated with alpha interferon.
How can Hepatitis Be Prevented?
Prevention steps for hepatitis would include:
- Drinking plenty of water
- Avoid using needles and razors
- Do not touch spilled blood
- Reduce consumption of alcohol
- Avoid intake of raw fruits and vegetables
If you can follow all of these guidelines that will make sure that your liver stays healthy forever. If you find any of the symptoms within you never waste time, immediately consult a doctor at Medisys Hospital.
About The Hospital:
Medisys Hospitals is a growing super specialty hospital in Hyderabad that represents the vision and mission of a group of highly qualified and experienced veteran medical professionals. Started in June 2016, it is a 200-bedded hospital with all medical and surgical specialties available. We rely on our in-house state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities to provide high-level care for our patients.