Both hepatitis B and C are infections of the liver causing inflammation, pain, redness, and swelling. Both these are caused by separate viruses which spread through an infected person’s blood or body fluids. It can cause scarring of the organ, liver failure, and cancer. It can be fatal if it isn’t treated.
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis types are identified by the virus that’s causing it. Hepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus while hepatitis C is caused by the C virus. Symptoms may not show up until after one to six months of catching the virus.
Signs & Symptoms:
Hepatitis B and C symptoms could manifest as any of the following:
Get the right diagnosis of hepatitis at Medcare’s Gastroenterology Cclinic. Here our specialist will conduct a blood test to determine if there is any swelling in your liver. If you have hepatitis B symptoms and if your liver enzymes are high, further tests will be recommended.
If your disease becomes chronic, we may ask you to do an ultrasound test or take a tissue sample from your liver, called a biopsy. This will enable the gastroenterologist to ascertain how severe your condition is. A simple blood test is needed to diagnose hepatitis C.
Hepatitis B treatment – If you commence your treatment in the early stages, the chances of recovery are good. Our gastroenterologist will give you a vaccine and a shot of hepatitis B immune globulin, to help fight the infection.
Hepatitis C treatment – Antivirals are used for a period of time depending on the different stage of the disease.
A: A safe and effective vaccine is available for hepatitis B, but there is none for hepatitis C. The hepatitis B vaccine is a series of three injections. The first one is given to infants soon after birth, but adults can also take this vaccination course to protect themselves from hepatitis B.
A: Yes, there is a correlation and patients who have chronic hepatitis B or hepatitis C infections are at a higher risk of getting cirrhosis of the liver in the future.
A: Fatty and fried foods are hard for the liver to digest, and often cause pain to patients suffering from chronic hepatitis infections. Meats with high fat content can also be harmful to hepatitis patients. Speak to a qualified dietician to understand which cooking oils and how much you can safely consume.