Infection or inflammation of the lever is known as Hepatitis. There are 5 million people suffer from hepatitis every year all over the world. There are a lot of medicines and vaccines available for its treatment but thousands of people die due to the lack of awareness of hepatitis virus. People get infected of this virus by addition of alcohol, due to fatty liver. Sometimes the TB, malaria, dengue, typhoid infections also causes the hepatitis.
Types of Hepatitis Viruses
Hepatitis virus includes
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Hepatitis E
Hepatitis ‘A’ & ‘E’ spread through contaminated food or water. Both of these viruses are not chronic.
Hepatitis ‘B’ & ‘C’ virus mainly caused through blood, to new born baby from mother or unwanted sex relations. Hepatitis ‘B’ & ‘C’ viruses are chronic. These may cause typhoid, cirrhosis or even liver cancer.
How to Treat Hepatitis?
Hepatitis ‘A’ and ‘E’ infected people gets well within 10 to 15 days by its own. It mainly depends on the immunity system of the body and how frequently the body responds to them. As per experts there is no medicine available in the market to treat the hepatitis ‘A’ and ‘E’ viruses. Hepatitis ‘B’ and ‘C’ are chronic. These viruses can be treated through medicines only. The treatment may take longer time to kill the viruses.
Vaccine for hepatitis ‘A’ and ‘B’ are now available. Hepatitis ‘A’ vaccine is given to the newly born baby after 1 year. As per expert it secures the baby for lifetime from this infection. Hepatitis ‘B’ vaccine is given to the newly born baby at the time of birth, after 6 weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks. If you are adult then you can also take this vaccine doses from your doctor. Your doctor will guide you properly.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Adopt good hygiene habits.
- Wash your hands properly with soap before eating.
- Always drink clean water.
- Always eat fresh and good food.
- Make your immune system fit and healthy.
- Always keep track on the vaccination record of newly born baby.
- Get vaccination timely.
- Eat after a small span of time when you are sick.
- Don’t take the medicine without consulting your doctor.
- Don’t stop taking the medicine as given by your doctor without consulting him/her.