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By Gastroenterology and Nutrition Clinics PC
April 20, 2021
Tags: Hepatitis  
HepatitisIf you have been diagnosed with a form of hepatitis, chances are good that your doctor has referred you to a specialist. A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions that impact the intestinal system including the liver. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with hepatitis, here’s what you should know.
 
What are the warning signs of hepatitis?

Hepatitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the liver. A viral infection is typically to blame for most types of hepatitis; however, autoimmune problems or heavy alcohol use can also lead to hepatitis.
 
The five main types of hepatitis are A, B, C, D, and E.
  • Hepatitis A is acute
  • Hepatitis B, C, and D are often persistent and chronic
  • Hepatitis E is typically acute
How does someone develop hepatitis?

Hepatitis is contracted in several ways including,
  • Hepatitis A is transmitted through contaminated water or food
  • Hepatitis B is often transmitted through bodily fluids including blood and semen
  • Hepatitis C is transmitted through sexual contact, coming in contact with infected bodily fluids, or through IV drug use
  • Hepatitis D is transmitted through contact with infected blood (typically occurs in conjunction with hepatitis B)
  • Hepatitis E is transmitted through contaminated water
What are the warning signs?

As many as half of people with hepatitis don’t even know that they have it. Some of the signs and symptoms include,
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Joint pain
  • Dark urine
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Pale-colored stools
  • Fever
How is hepatitis treated?

Again, the type of hepatitis you have will determine how to best treat it. Acute viral forms of hepatitis such as hepatitis A will go away on their own, so treatment options may be geared toward easing your symptoms and making sure that you get enough rest. Those with more chronic forms will need ongoing management and treatment from a gastroenterologist. Your GI doctor may prescribe antiviral medications to prevent or at least slow liver damage for those with chronic hepatitis such as hepatitis B. Some patients may even require surgery.
 
If you have questions or concerns about hepatitis, don’t hesitate to talk with your gastroenterologist. A gastroenterologist is going to be an integral part of your treatment and recovery plan.
By Gastroenterology and Nutrition Clinics PC
February 12, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Hepatitis  

Most people who have hepatitis don’t even know that they have it. This is because it doesn’t often cause symptoms right away; however, untreated hepatitis can lead to serious health problems including liver scarring, cirrhosis of the liver, and cancer.

Hepatitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the liver. There are five types of hepatitis: A, B, C, D, and E. There are many causes of hepatitis and it’s important that you visit your gastroenterologist to understand your risks and to detect hepatitis early on before it causes serious and potentially permanent damage to the liver.

Hepatitis can be contracted by sharing items or having sex with an infected person. It’s also possible for mothers to pass hepatitis onto their babies during childbirth. Hepatitis can also be contracted through contaminated food or water.

Hepatitis A: this form of hepatitis is most often contracted by consuming contaminated water or food; however, hepatitis A can also be transmitted through unprotected sex with an infected person. This is considered a short-term infection.

Hepatitis B: hepatitis B can cause both acute and chronic infections and is often contracted when someone comes in contact with bodily fluid such as semen or blood from an infected person. This form of hepatitis can also be transmitted from mother to baby.

Hepatitis C: this type of hepatitis is contracted through blood; therefore, it’s more common to get this infection through the exchange of needles or injections. Like hepatitis B, this is usually a short-term infection but can cause chronic problems.

Hepatitis D: this is a less common form of hepatitis within the US, and only occurs in those who also have hepatitis B. Due to the fact that there are two forms of viral hepatitis present within the body, this can lead to serious and fast liver damage.

Hepatitis E: this short-term form of hepatitis is usually contracted through contaminated foods or tainted water.

Despite the fact that there are five different kinds of hepatitis, all of these types produce similar symptoms. It’s important to see your GI doctor right away if you are dealing with these warning signs of hepatitis:

  • Joint pain
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Pale or clay-colored stools
  • Dark urine
  • Jaundice (Causes yellowing of the eyes and skin)
  • Severe itching
  • Abdominal pain usually in the upper right side (where your liver is located)

With certain types of hepatitis these symptoms may appear but go away. Even if these symptoms disappear it’s still important to visit a gastroenterologist.