By: Elena Grace Flores
The viral disease attacking the liver is called Hepatitis and there are two kinds of Hepatitis – Hepatitis A and B. The symptoms of both conditions are quite similar like fever onset, feeling fatigue, loss of appetite, frequent nausea, stomach pain, jaundice or yellowish skin and whites of eyes and dark-colored or coffee-like urine. The stool can also be dark colored especially with Hepatitis B.
Hepatitis A is highly infectious from the virus from the feces of the infected person that happens to contaminate the food taken. Hepatitis B can be transferred from one person to the other through exchange of bodily fluids like blood, saliva and sexual juices. An unborn baby can inherit the disease from the mother during birth.
Hep A Vaccine is used as preventive medication for Hepatitis A and Hep B Vaccine for Hepatitis B. Hepatitis A can’t be cured but the symptoms can be relieved by over-the-counter drugs or a general practitioner’s prescription like Paracetamol for fever or headaches and pain killer just to feel comfortable. Hepatitis B can be cleared just by treating the symptoms but if it becomes chronic, a liver specialist must be consulted who can prescribe antiviral medications.