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Common Causes Of Hepatitis

By Padmapreetham Mahalingam

Hepatitis is a communicable disease that has plagued humanity for generations. The term Hepatitis A was recognized in antiquity and there have been references about it in the writings of Hippocrates in the Talmud as well as in Chinese medical texts.

The infectious disease is a cause of worry, as it is the inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that causes liver damage and dysfunction. Caused due to viral infection or a sort of non-viral etiologies, hepatitis groups are diverse forms of viruses that share a remarkable affinity for the liver.

Common Causes Of Hepatitis

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The infection with either of these viruses can cause severe acute liver damage and also in most cases result in chronic inflammation. Nearly 50 percent of the patients with chronic hepatitis B infection would develop cirrhosis and hepatocellular cancer. Chronic hepatitis C infection is similarly implicated in development of hepatocellular cancer.

So, take a look at the common causes for Hepatitis, which you must be aware of.


If you choose to have body piercing, then try piercing guns and make certain that the piercing equipment have been sterilized.

Different forms of body art plays a role in transmitting various infections. The viruses Hepatitis B and C and HIV are examples of blood-borne pathogen organisms that cause the disease when present in the blood.

Even tattooing poses health risks because the process manages to expose blood and body fluids. Usually, a person who gets tattooed runs the risk of getting a disease or infection which is carried through blood.

Some of the blood-borne diseases are hepatitis B and C and HIV. A person who gets a tattoo needs to follow aftercare instructions in order to avoid an infection and allergic reactions.

Blood Transfusion

Blood transfusions are mostly considered to be safe, yet there can be some risk of complications that can occur during the transfusion such as infections like HIV or hepatitis B or C.

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Unsterilized Needles

The hepatitis B virus is carried in the blood and in other body fluids. It usually spreads after contact with blood. Hepatitis C is primarily spread through contact with infected blood by unsterile medical procedures. Unsterilized needles can be full of B virus from an infected piece.

Contaminated Food

The ingestion of contaminated food and beverage is the common case of Hepatitis A (HAV) transmission. Moreover, foods that have been considered to transmit HAV include milk, strawberries, pastries, hamburger, meat and salads. If the food is uncooked or cooked by an HAV infected person who did not wash his hands after defecating, this could transmit the disease.


Alcoholic hepatitis is a disease that is caused by heavy drinking. The disease will aggravate when the fat builds up in the liver cells, which then causes inflammation and scarring of the liver cells. It is a condition that arises due to heavy drinking. It is basically a short-term as well as long-term liver damage.

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Poor Personal Hygiene

Hepatitis A is commonly transmitted in drinking water or food contaminated with the virus. The virus, which is found in feces, spreads easily in a setting that is marked with poor sanitation. The disease transmits due to derisory sanitation and poor personal hygiene.

Organ Donation

There is the possibility to donate organs even if you test positive for hepatitis C antibody. The positive organs are only offered to hepatitis C positive people.

However, this approach can amount to risk, as the patients receiving the organs might never be cured of hepatitis. Organ transplantations could lead to hepatitis C infection if the transfused blood is not examined in advance.

Sharing Of Household Items

Hepatitis C virus would spread within a household. It is most likely to be the result of direct skin exposure of the infected person through blood. Hepatitis C does not get transmitted through social contact. Hugging, kissing, washing clothes in the same machine, sharing food, eating in utensils, sneezing, coughing and even using the same bathroom does pose a risk of hepatitis C transmission.

Contact With Infected Blood

Transmission of HBV occurs through the mucosal contact with infected blood or infectious body fluids. Modes of percutaneous transmission include transfusion of infected blood, contact via injection drug use and due to the exposure in health care setting with inadequate infection control measures.

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