SAMC RN explains Hepatitis forms, symptoms, and treatments

Published: Jul. 4, 2018 at 10:03 AM CDT
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World Hepatitis Day is coming up on July 28th. Hepatitis is a liver disease which causes inflammation.

Hepatitis comes in many different forms. The most common in the United States are A, B, and C.

Hepatitis A is caused by water contamination. It can be prevented by a vaccine. The CDC estimates 90,000 cases of hepatitis A a year. Many people may not know they are infected because symptoms are mild.

Hepatitis B and C are blood born diseases, caused by IV drug use, and unprotected sex. B can be prevented by a vaccine, C cannot. C can also be dormant in the body before it does damage.

“The damage it does is cirrhosis of the liver,” said Jan Largass, SAMC RN and Employee Health and Wellness Team Leader. “It can also in some cases lead to liver cancer and can be deadly.”

Symptoms of hepatitis are fever, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and yellowing of the skin. It is recommended you see a gastroenterologist .