Hepatitis is a viral disease that affects the liver leading to swelling and inflammation. Hepatitis can have short term or long term affects depending on the strain. Today I will take about the most common strains Hepatitis A, B, and C.
Hepatitis A is a disease that has a short duration. Hepatitis is transferred from food or water that is contaminated with the virus. It can also be transferred if you come in contact with a person’s bowel movement like in a daycare setting or an elderly facility. Hepatitis can be caught if you travel outside of the United States to places that do not great sewage methods. Symptoms to look for are fatigue, loss of appetite, itching anywhere in the body, low-grade fever, nausea and vomiting and yellow skin and dark urine. Diagnosis is made through blood test looking for elevated liver enzymes and antibodies to hepatitis A. Since this is a self-limiting disease process the patient symptoms usually resolve in within 3-6 months after expose to the virus.
Hepatitis B virus can be spread through bodily fluids like semen, vaginal fluids or body. People that work in health care setting, unprotected sex or sharing an infected needle with an infected person are routes of transmission. Hepatitis B can be either short term or long-term condition. The short-term condition
The hepatitis B virus spreads through blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and other body fluids. Symptoms start one to six months after the infection and in the short-term condition are quite similar to hepatitis A but also include muscle and joint aches. Children are more likely to develop chronic hepatitis than adults. Diagnosis can be found through blood test albumin, liver function and prothrombin time test, antibody to hepatitis B.
Hepatitis C is a chronic liver condition spread by hepatitis C virus. It can be passed through sexual contact or bodily fluids like blood. This would include long-term dialysis, sharing needles, infected blood during a transfusion, passing blood during delivery, or working with blood work. People who have contracted hepatitis C may not exhibit any symptoms for many years. The symptoms are again similar to those for hepatitis A but in addition could include abdominal pain, swelling in the abdomen, or dilated veins in the esophagus. Blood tests for elevated liver enzymes, ELISA assay for hepatitis C antibodies, or PCR tests, virus serology tests. Since it is a long-term condition it can cause scarring which can lead to cirrhosis. In naturopathic medicine for Hepatitis A, B, C we treat by using supportive herbs and nutrition speed up recovery. In the case of hepatitis C long term treatment to prevent any further damage to the liver is used.
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Daemon "Dr. Dae" (pronounced Dr. Day) Jones is a Naturopathic Physician who completed her training at the Universi ty of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is certified as a General Practitioner by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). Dr. Dae provides tailored treatment to meet the unique needs of every individual she sees in her practice. She also provides specialized support for persons challenged by nutritional deficiencies, weight problems, hormonal and reproductive system disorders, attention deficit disorder and those experiencing chronic diseases. Dr. Dae is an adjunct faculty member for Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts. She is the author of Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living, The Healthydaes Newsletter, and is a regularly featured writer for the Elite GoogleNews Website empowher.com where she shares her personal and professional vision for living whole and living well. To learn more about Dr. Dae, her products and services, please visit her on the Web at www.Healthydaes.org