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World Hepatitis Day: Watch Out For These Symptoms Of Hepatitis!

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Check your appetite - Is it decreasing? At the same time are you having a kind of joint pain accompanied by fever, fatigue, nausea and vomiting frequently. Then, you need to watch out and get it checked immediately.

These are few of the common symptoms of hepatitis which otherwise we consider as normal sickness and resort to self medication.

Hepatitis in general is the inflammation of liver. It is caused by the hepatitis virus and there are five types of these hepatitis viruses - A, B, C, D and E.

Also Read: Facts About Hepatitis

Hepatitis A and E viruses are transmitted through contaminated water or food. Hepatitis B and C viruses are transmitted through infected blood, semen, and other body fluids and hepatitis D virus infections occur only in those who are infected with HBV.

If not taken care of on time it might lead to other severe diseases like fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis, skin problem, blood disorders and liver cancer too.

Also Read: Signs Of Liver Damage

Whatever be the type of hepatitis virus they show similar kind of symptoms initially. On this World Hepatitis Day we have listed out 8 common symptoms of hepatitis. Take a look.


1. Loss Of Appetite:

As you start suffering from hepatitis you will slowly lose your appetite and you do not feel hungry for a long time.


2. Jaundice:

The skin tends to turn yellow and also the white area of your eyes turns yellow. This is one of the major symptoms of hepatitis which you need to check it out.


3. Fatigue:

When the liver is affected it fails to produce the glucose level needed for the body energy. Hence one tends to get fatigued very soon if they have hepatitis.


4. Mild Fever:

Mild fever which often gets mistaken like the normal viral fever is one of the foremost symptoms of hepatitis.


5. Joint Pain:

When one gets hepatitis, especially caused by hepatitis C virus it causes joint and muscle pains as the virus affects the body's immunity system.


6. Nausea And Vomiting:

Unhealthy foods are the major carriers of Hepatitis A and E viruses, this leads to nausea and vomiting at times. This is one of the symptoms of liver damage and hepatitis.


7. Stomach Pain:

When one consumes unhealthy food there seems to be an acid reflux in the stomach which gives pain in the stomach. Such unhealthy foods are the major carriers of Hepatitis A and E viruses.


8: Dark Urine And Light Coloured Stool:

When there is damage to the liver, your urine often turns dark and the stools are liquid like and light coloured.

Story first published: Thursday, July 28, 2016, 6:30 [IST]
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