About Hepatitis Types
Hepatitis (liver inflammation, liver swelling), can occur for different reasons and can develop in different ways. This disease can be caused by an infection of the hepatitis virus or by bacterial, protozoal, parasitic, or fungal infection. It can also be caused by behaviors such as: drinking alcohol, using drugs or medication, environmental toxins, or malnutrition. In some cases, a metabolic disorder, autoimmune disorders, or an inherited genetic disorder can cause hepatitis.
Why it is Problematic
Causes and Risk Factors
Different types of hepatitis are transmitted in different ways. Unsanitary conditions and risky behaviors are major contributing factors in developing hepatitis.
If a physical exam reveals ascites or an enlarged or tender liver, a blood test may be ordered to test the enzyme levels or antigens present. A biopsy or FibroScan® of the liver may be necessary to assess the degree of damage and scarring.
Treatment and Prevention
Depending on the strain of hepatitis, a doctor will advise you as to best course of action. Vaccinations are available for hepatitis A and hepatitis B. If you believe that you have been exposed to the hepatitis virus, contact a physician immediately.
Millions of individuals worldwide have some form of this disease.
Types of Hepatitis
For more information regarding the specific types of hepatitis, please see below.