WHAT IS HEPATITIS?

In the simplest term, hepatitis is defined as inflammation of the liver.  A more complex definition includes causes of hepatitis like autoimmune hepatitis (a disease occurring when the body makes antibodies against the liver tissue) and hepatitis that occurs as a secondary result of medications, drugs, toxins and alcohol.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 4.4 million Americans living with chronic hepatitis, and many more are unaware that they have it.

RISK FACTORS & TYPES

Did you know you can get Hepatitis from contaminated food or water?  It’s important to know if have been exposed.  The 5 types of hepatitis are:

Hepatitis A

This type derives from an infection with the Hepatitis A virus (HAV). This type of hepatitis is most commonly transmitted by consuming food or water that has been contaminated by feces.

Hepatitis B

This type is transmitted through puncture wounds or contact with infectious bodily fluids such as; injection drug use, unprotected sex with an infected partner, or sharing razors with an infected person is activities that increase risk.

Hepatitis C

This type is transmitted through direct contact with infected bodily fluids also.

Hepatitis D

This type is contracted through puncture wounds or contact with infected blood. This is a rare form of hepatitis that occurs in conjunction with hepatitis B infection, and it is very uncommon in the United States.

Hepatitis E

This type is a waterborne disease mainly found in areas with poor sanitation and is typically caused by ingesting fecal matter. [1]

Note: Both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C have contributed to the increase in rates of liver cancer in recent

decades. [1]

 

VACCINE PREVENTABLE

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B can both be prevented with vaccines. Cases of Hepatitis A have dramatically declined in the U.S. over the last 20 years largely due to vaccination efforts. [2]

Call Valley Health Care today and schedule your full physical including a blood panel.  The more share with your health care providers about your health history, the better equipped they are to develop the best plan-of-action to treat illness and disease.

[2]Cdc.gov

[1]Healthline.com


Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell has managed many specialty areas of healthcare including, kidney transplant, physical therapy and surgery. She combines her expertise in patient relations with her love of writing to bring awareness of health related issues. In her blog, Dreamlife Moments, she writes about mindfulness of time and recognizing more of the positive moments happening around us every day that creates a more positive life experience. Jennifer and her husband Byron are recent empty-nesters who enjoy traveling with their bichon Aissa, geocaching and volunteering wherever they go. Who is this chickie anyway? Connect with Jennifer on her Facebook Page, Blog and Twitter to find out more.

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