By: Sheldon Leavens

Hepatitis is a Virus

Hepatitis A is caused by infection with the hepatitis A virus. The hepatitis virus is usually spread when a person ingests tiny amounts of contaminated fecal matter. The hepatitis A virus infects the liver cells and causes inflammation. The inflammation can impair liver function and cause other signs and symptoms of hepatitis A.

How it is spread?

Hepatitis C is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. Today, most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs.

Hepatitis is a common form of liver injury that simply means "inflammation of the liver"

Symptoms and Treatment

Some symptoms are fatigue, loss of appetite, mild fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain. There are no medicines for treating hepatitis A after you get infected. If you have a mild case, your healthcare provider will probably prescribe rest, plenty of fluids, and a nutritious diet. While your body fights hepatitis A, you should avoid any medicines—over-the-counter or prescribed—that could damage your liver. You should also avoid alcohol during the recovery period, because alcohol also may damage your liver.
Hepatitis C (HCV) Lifecycle - Medical Animation

Most Common In?

Hepatitis B is an epidemic in China where it is most common.