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The ABCs of Hepatitis

The World Health Organisation defines hepatitis as an inflammation of the liver, caused by hepatitis viruses as well as other infections, alcohol and drugs, and autoimmune diseases. Five main types of hepatitis are identified – A, B, C, D, and E. While hepatitis can be limited to just an inflammation, it may also lead to fibrosis, liver cirrhosis or liver cancer.

The causes of hepatitis include contaminated food and water and infected body fluids. The virus can be transmitted through blood transfusions or the use of contaminated equipment for medical procedures.

Some symptoms include yellow colored eyes and skin, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fatigue, etc.

Here are some basic facts about hepatitis A, B, and C:

  • Hepatitis A – It takes the liver about two months to heal from this infection. It can be prevented with a vaccine and does not usually cause any complications. It is transmitted through the consumption of contaminated water or food. Most of these cases are mild and the patient is able to recover fully. Sometimes, it can be severe and life-threatening, especially in people who live in areas with poor sanitation.
  • Hepatitis B – This takes a longer recovery period, usually about six months. Sometimes it may develop into a long-term infection that leads to liver damage. It can be prevented with the help of a vaccine. It can be transmitted through sexual intercourse with an infected person or from mother to child at birth. Any kind of contact with infected fluids, such as used needles or infected blood, is enough to transmit the disease.
  • Hepatitis C – This cannot be prevented by a vaccine. It is a long-term infection that can lead to liver cirrhosis. It does not even show up through symptoms. Infection occurs through contact with contaminated equipment and infected fluids.

Hepatitis D virus occurs only in those affected with HBV as well. It can be prevented by a hepatitis B vaccine. Hepatitis E virus outbreaks are seen mostly in developing parts of the world, the leading cause being contaminated food and water.

Diagnosis

Hepatitis is diagnosed with the help of liver function tests that use blood samples to test the functioning of the liver. If the enzyme level is high, it might indicate a stressed or damaged liver. Further, other blood tests such as antibody tests for autoimmune disease may be recommended. Abdominal ultrasound and liver biopsy are some other procedures.

Treatment

Aside from vaccine prevention, Hepatitis A and B do not require any treatment as such. Symptoms such as nausea and diarrhoea may be treated. In case of chronic hepatitis B, antiviral medications are prescribed for months or years together, and regular monitoring is advised. Hepatitis C is also treated with the help of antiviral medication, in both its acute and chronic forms. Hepatitis D can be prevented using HBV vaccination, and hepatitis E is supposed to be an acute infection that resolves on its own.

Prevention

Since the conduit for all the viruses seems to be contaminated food, water and equipment or infected fluids, minimising this contact can help prevent the disease. Maintaining proper hygiene and avoiding contact with used needles and infected blood is a must. The importance of vaccination can also never be undermined, especially since what starts out as a small infection may lead to serious problems later on. Make sure that your children get the vaccine at the right place and the right time to avoid suffering in future. Make an appointment with Apollo Diagnostics today.s

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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