Hepatitis

By Isaiah

Symptoms

  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mild fever
  • Muscle or joint aches
  • Nausea
  • Slight abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss

Causes

  • Being bitten by someone who is infected
  • A baby can become infected through his mother's milk if she is infected
  • Unprotected sex
  • Liver damage from alcohol
  • Medication overdose
  • Infections from viruses

An estimated 4.1 million Americans are currently infected with the virus

FAQs: Signs and Tests

Signs:
  • Enlarged and tender liver
  • Fluid in the abdomen
  • Abdominal ultrasound
Tests:
  • Autoimmune blood markers
  • Hepatitis virus serologies
  • Liver function tests
  • Liver biopsy to check for liver damage
  • Paracentesis if fluid is in your abdomen