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Symptoms and Causes of Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a condition in which liver inflammation occurs due to the hepatitis virus. There are five main types, namely, hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E, each of them caused by a specific type of the hepatitis virus. The seriousness and symptoms are different for each type. The causes are not very varied, but are not the same for the different types either.

Hepatitis A – The infection takes about two months to subside and further complications are usually not seen. Symptoms may include fatigue, dark urine, yellowing of the eyes, nausea & vomiting, abdominal pain in the liver area, low fever, joint pain, etc. While the symptoms may disappear in a few weeks, the infection itself may be severe and last for some months.

Causes: The hepatitis A virus is spread through contaminated food and water, or due to close contact with an infected person even if he does not have symptoms. Eating raw shellfish from polluted water, not maintaining proper hygiene and sexual contact with an infected person, are some other routes for transmission.

Hepatitis B – The recovery period is about six months if it is chronic, but it may also develop into a long-term infection that causes liver damage. If it is the acute form, it lasts less than six months. It can also lead to liver cirrhosis or liver cancer. The symptoms are almost the same as those of hepatitis A, and may or may not show up.

Causes: The hepatitis B virus is passed around through infected body fluids like blood, saliva and semen. Thus, sexual contact or unprotected sex with an infected person is one method of transmission. Sharing dirty or used needles, living with someone who has chronic HBV infection, visiting places with high HBV infection rates, are all risk factors. Infected pregnant woman can also pass on the virus to their children during childbirth. Vaccination can prevent this from happening.

Hepatitis C – Acute hepatitis C rarely reveals itself through symptoms. Even chronic HCV may take decades to show up in the form of symptoms. When enough damage is done to cause liver disease, symptoms such as these may appear: easy bleeding, poor appetite, fatigue, dark coloured urine, yellowed eyes, weight loss, spider angiomas, confusion and drowsiness, fluid in the abdomen, swollen legs, etc.

Causes: The hepatitis C virus spreads through contaminated blood. Accidental contact with an infected needle, use of unsterile equipment for transfusions, transplants or tattoos are all risk factors. It may also be transmitted from a woman with hepatitis C to her babies.

Hepatitis D only infects people who already have hepatitis B. It can be acute or chronic and may develop into cirrhosis. It occurs suddenly and causes severe symptoms, which may go away on their own. If it lasts longer than six months, it is known as chronic hepatitis D. Symptoms are similar to those of hepatitis B.

Causes: The virus is spread through infected fluids such as urine, semen, vaginal fluids, blood, or body fluids during birth.

Hepatitis E is an acute disease which usually goes away on its own, but may also lead to acute liver failure. Symptoms, again, include yellow skin, dark urine, joint pain, abdominal pain, liver enlargement, loss of appetite, nausea, fever, etc.

Causes: Water contaminated by faecal matter is a major transmitter of the disease. Visiting areas with poor sanitation places you at a risk. Consuming products from infected animals, childbirth, etc. can also cause infection.

Other causes of hepatitis, in general, include consumption of toxic substances such as alcohol and drugs, and autoimmune disease. Autoimmune hepatitis is caused when the immune system turns against the liver and kills off liver cells.

The safest way to prevent the disease is to avoid contact and maintain hygiene, and of course, get vaccination done. If you observe symptoms or think you’re at risk, it is best to get tested as early as possible. For more information on Hepatitis vaccination and testing, visit Apollo Diagnostics.

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Patient Testimonials

“Finding the best place for a diagnostic test is as important as consulting the best doctor. The Apollo name was what guided me to Apollo Diagnostics and I am indeed glad that I came here. From attending us on time to sample collection, everything flowed so smoothly. I was particularly impressed by the hygiene. It was definitely a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the good work!”

Mrs. Ferha Jabeen, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I Have heard a lot of good things about Apollo Diagnostics from our family physician as well as from relatives and friends. So then next time I needed a diagnostic centre, I visited Apollo Diagnostics and I was really glad I did. For one, I didn’t have to wait. The technician was extremely good, and the place was really clean. It was certainly a value for money experience. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Ms. T. Jaya, Nakkalagutta, Hanmakonda

“I must say Apollo Diagnostics places a great value on time and patient comfort! I am a fan of their home collection service which is not only on time and technically sound, but the hygiene and cordiality of the visiting technician is also commendable. Hats off! I’ll continue to recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Mr. B. Pochaiah, Mallikarjuna Nagar Colony, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I have always had a great experience with Apollo Diagnostics. The calls are unfailingly answered. The scheduled appointment is kept to the minute. The phlebotomist is well-trained in both technique and putting the patient at ease. Apollo Diagnostics undoubtedly delivers value for money. They will always be my top option for all the diagnostic needs of my family.”

Mr. Prasanta Kumar Jena, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“I came to know about Apollo Diagnostics from my relatives and friends. So, when I required a check up to be done, I thought about trying their service once. From sticking to the appointed time to accuracy of technique, it was really a great experience overall. Hygiene of the technician and the centre as well, was also quite admirable. I certainly felt it delivers value for money service. From now on, I’ll always visit Apollo Diagnostics for all my checkups.”

Mr. Venkateshwar Rao, Hanmakonda

“I was looking for a good diagnostic centre to get some checkups done. I was confused as there are so many of them all over the city. Some of my friends recommended Apollo Diagnostics as the best one. I’ll always remain thankful to them. The technician at Apollo Diagnostics was not only punctual but his competency was certainly praiseworthy. I never felt any discomfort as he was so confident and compassionate. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Mr. T Radhakishan Rao, Hanmakonda

“My experience with Apollo Diagnostics has been consistently good. Securing the appointment was very easy and the schedule was maintained to the dot. The behaviour of the technician was pleasant and he was well–versed with his job. The place was noticeably clean and I did not face any discomfort during the process. The reports were delivered as promised and surprisingly, the service was pretty affordable. I would recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my circle without any hesitation!”

Mr. Arif Ameer, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“Apollo Diagnostics came highly recommended by my friends. I was particularly impressed by their cordiality, time management and process competence. Another must mention is the hygiene factor that is impeccable. Given the quality delivered, this is certainly a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the great work!”

Ms. A.Madhavi, Warangal

“Our family physician strictly instructed me to get the checkup done at Apollo Diagnostics. I am glad I respected his opinion. I was attended to as soon as I went in. The technician was a true expert at his job and made it a painless experience for me. I also observed that the centre was spotless and all the staff members were particular about maintaining hygiene. Apollo Diagnostics certainly delivers value for money. I’ll always recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Ms. Vimala, Hanmakonda

“My Apollo Diagnostics experience has thus far been truly amazing. Besides unfailingly maintaining the schedule – be it sample taking or report delivery, their sense of cleanliness is also tops. The technicians are well-trained and do their job with diligence and in a friendly manner that puts patients at ease at once. Apollo Diagnostics is setting a very high standard indeed! Now that’s what I call a fine job!”

Ms. G. Jyothi, Warangal

“My mother needed a blood test, but was unable to walk due to pain in her leg. A Phlebotomist from Apollo Diagnostics came home and collected the sample. I was informed, via SMS, that the report could be collected from any of the 3 centres in Dibrugarh, downloaded online or even delivered home for a nominal fee. Although the rates were reasonable, my mother also received a senior citizens discount too! This saved my time, money & energy. My aachhe din really seemed to have arrived! Thank you Apollo Diagnostics and hats off for displaying true professionalism.”

Mr. Alokk Kar Dowerah, Dibrugarh

“Whenever I need to have a blood sample collected from home, I ask for Vasu. He is punctual, courteous and so skilled I hardly feel any pain when he draws the sample. Plus, I truly appreciate how quickly the reports are delivered. Thanks Apollo!”

Mr. Sukumar, Film director, Sriram Nagar, Hyderabad