Hepatitis, Acute viral
Hepatitis means liver inflammation. Viral hepatitis means that a person has liver inflammation due to a virus. Viral infection of the liver makes the liver swell up and stop working well. The liver is an important organ. It helps your body with these functions:
There are five types of viral hepatitis. The most common types in the United States are viral hepatitis A, B, and C.
Common causes of acute hepatitis may include:
Additional risk factors include:
Signs and symptoms
Acute hepatitis usually starts with flu-like symptoms. The following are the most common symptoms of acute hepatitis. However, each individual may experience different symptoms such as, jaundice, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fever, tenderness in the right upper part of the tummy (abdomen), sore muscles, joint pain and itchy red hives on skin .
The symptoms of acute hepatitis may resemble other conditions or medical problems. A physician must be contacted for timely diagnosis.
In addition to a complete medical history and medical examination, diagnostic procedures for acute hepatitis may include
Treatment for acute hepatitis will be determined by your physician based on the cause, severity, your underlying health and whether there is any previous history of liver disease.
In general, most people recover without treatment. Severe acute hepatitis may require hospitalization. People who have had acute viral hepatitis may become chronic carriers of the disease in case of Hepatitis B or C infection.
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