Hepatitis

Gabriela C.

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. There are three types of Hepatitis A,B, and C.

Transmission

  • drugs
  • alcohol
  • unprotected sex
  • tattoos
  • body piercing

Symtoms

  • yellow eyes
  • yellow skin
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • lack of appetite
  • abdominal pain
  • light colored bowel movement
  • dark colored urine

Treatments

  • Type A-rest until no more fever or jaundice
  • Type B & C-take medicine, but cure isn't guaranteed
  • can clear up naturally after six weeks

Promblems

  • liver could fail
  • could cause coma or death
  • chronic liver inflammation

Prevention

  • no unprotected sex
  • avoid drugs
  • wash hands
  • make sure tattoo and piercing shop sterilize needles
  • don't share razors or toothbrushes
  • avoid raw shell
  • vaccine for type B
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