Hepatitis is a medical condition defined by swelling and inflammation of the liver and characterized by the presence of inflammatory cells in the tissue of the organ. It is not a condition, but is often used to refer to a viral infection of the liver.
Hepatitis may occur with limited or no symptoms, but often leads to jaundice, anorexia (poor appetite) and malaise. Hepatitis is acute when it lasts less than six months and chronic when it persist longer. A group of viruses known as the hepatitis viruses cause most cases of hepatitis worldwide, but it can also be due to toxins (notably alcohol, certain medications, some individual organic solvents and plants), other infection and autoimmune disease. Other viruses that can cause injury to liver cells include the hepatitis A and hepatitis C viruses. These viruses are not related to each other or to hepatitis B virus and differ in their structure, the ways they are spread among individuals, the severity of symptoms they can cause, the way they are treated, and the outcome of the infection.
There are several things which may causes hepatitis and there are also some types of hepatitis with each symptoms of it you should know to get the right treatment. There are five main hepatitis types, A, B, C, D and E. It is better to call your doctor if you feel some hepatitis symptoms because each types has its own symptoms.
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