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Global Hospitals India Offer Chronic Hepatitis Treatment in Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad
What is hepatitis ?
Hepatitis means liver inflammation. It is characterized by the destruction of liver cells (hepatocytes) and the presence of inflammatory cells in the liver tissue. Hepatitis is usually caused by viruses or toxins such as alcohol, certain drugs and medications.
What is chronic hepatitis ?
Hepatitis can be divided into two subgroups according to its duration:
Acute hepatitis:lasting less than six months
Chronic hepatitis:lasting longer than six months
What causes chronic hepatitis ?
Chronic hepatitis has a number of possible causes.
- Viral infectious such as hepatitis B and hepatitis C are the most common cause of chronic hepatitis
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
- Drugs and Medications
- Autoimmune liver disease
- Metabolic liver disease
What are the symptoms of chronic hepatitis ?
Patients with chronic hepatitis may have no or very few symptoms. Chronic hepatitis is usually detected incidentally when blood tests for the liver are abnormal or when patients are incidentally detected to have hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Patients may have non-specific symptoms such as tiredness, general malaise, slight fever, nausea, poor appetite, and discomfort in the right upper abdomen. Some patients may have repeated episodes of jaundice.
How is chronic hepatitis diagnosed ?
Blood tests will help determine the cause and severity of the hepatitis. Further information may be obtained from ultrasound and other types of liver scans. A liver biopsy may be required to assess the exact stage of disease. Liver biopsy involves taking a tiny piece of the liver to look at under the microscope.
How is chronic hepatitis treated ?
The treatment of chronic hepatitis depends on the underlying cause. Patients should stop alcohol consumption completely. Specific treatments are available for hepatitis B and C. Autoimmune liver disease can also be treated effectively with medications.
How does chronic hepatitis progress to cirrhosis ?
Are herbal or Ayurvedic medicines useful in treating chronic hepatitis ?
There is no scientific evidence that any form of herbal, Ayurvedic or other alternative medications are effective in treating any form of liver disease. On the contrary, such products may contain undisclosed chemicals and heavy metals that may be toxic to the body. We strictly advise patients with liver disease from using any such product without consulting their primary doctor.
What can be done at home ?
- If alcohol is the cause, you must stop drinking completely and see your doctor.
- Eat a well-balanced diet. There is no restriction on dietary items.
- There are no restrictions on your daily work, exercise and activities.
- If you have hepatitis B or hepatitis C, you must inform all your healthcare providers. You cannot donate blood.
- People with hepatitis B must inform their family and sexual partners about it. Sexual and other close contacts will need to protect themselves by being vaccinated. Condoms should be used until the vaccine has begun to work.
- People with hepatitis C must inform their family and sexual partners about it. The risk of sexual transmission of hepatitis C is mush lower than hepatitis B. Barrier protection (condoms) are still recommended. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C.
What are the danger signs in chronic hepatitis ?
Development of jaundice or signs of liver failure such as swelling of feet or belly, mental confusion, or bleeding are danger signs. These may signify that the patient has developed advanced liver disease and cirrhosis. These patients are at high risk of complications including death.
- Chronic hepatitis is usually asymptomatic and is detected only by blood tests.it is important to find the exact cause of chronic hepatitis.
- Hepatitis B and hepatitis C can cause chronic infection.
- Chronic hepatitis is a progressive disease if the underlying cause is not treated. Untreated, chronic hepatitis may lead to cirrhosis and liver failure.
- Herbal medicines are not useful for chronic hepatitis and may actually cause more harm to the liver and other organs.