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Hepatitis Hepatitis is the term given to inflammation of the liver Hepatitis is most commonly caused by viruses but is usually accustomed to individuals who drink heavily for a many number of years Hepatitis can cause your liver to become inflamed swollen and tender If the infection is severe and prolonged without treatment the liver may become scarred causing cirrhosis of the liver The complications of hepatitis and cirrhosis are liver failure and cancer Usually resulting in death Although there are many forms of hepatitis the most commonly seen forms are hepatitis A hepatitis B and hepatitis C Hepatitis A has no long term infection on a individual and is treated with antibiotics Hepatitis B is transmitted through direct contact with blood or bodily fluids Having un-protected sex with a infected person injection drugs heroin use having a blood transfusion before 1972 or during childbirth from mother to baby are all ways that hepatitis B can be transmitted Hepatitis C is also transmitted through direct contact with blood or bodily fluids Having unprotected sex with multiple partners injection drugs heroin use having a blood transfusion before 1992 when less accurate blood screenings for hepatitis C were performed and although very rare during child birth from mother to child In most cases a person rarely knows how they were infected The hepatitis infection can be hard to detect because there are very little visual signs or symptoms It is possible to carry the hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection without even knowing it In some people the virus can cause flu-like symptoms fatigue loss of appetite weakness vomiting and fever In more severe cases people will experience abdominal pain skin rashes dark urine and jaundice yellowing of the skin and eyes Because symptoms of hepatitis are minimal the disease usually goes unnoticed Usually hepatitis is found in a person by blood tests that are routinely done at yearly check ups
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