Posted on Dec 15, 2007 | Comments 1
The symptoms and effects of all hepatitis viruses are similar on the lungs; however, it is constricted in different ways.
The severity and duration of hepatitis infection depends on the organism by which the disease is caused.
There are different forms of hepatitis, but this disease is caused by one of several hepatitis viruses (A, B, C, D or E). This disease varies from acute to chronic.
Hepatitis A virus is transmitted primarily by fecal contamination of food and water or through person-to-person contact.
This infection is less dangerous when compared to other viruses. In rare cases, this virus leads to damage of the liver.
The person who has this infection may not have symptoms and the inflammation lasts only for a few weeks.
Once if a person acquires this infection, that person has immunity to this virus and will never expose to this infection again. People should protect themselves from hepatitis A vaccine.
Hepatitis B virus is transmitted from person-to-person through the blood at the time of sex, during birth, or by contaminated needles and syringes. Most of the people in United States get infected with this virus because of unprotected sex. This is considered to be the more dangerous infection as it can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure, or liver cancer causing severe illness or even death.
Treatment with medications will be helpful to some people to cure this hepatitis B virus, but for some people this condition will remain forever. Vaccines are also available for this and medical associates recommend all newborns should be vaccinated.
Hepatitis C is similar to hepatitis B in terms of transmission of the virus from one person to another through infected body fluids, unprotected sex, contaminated needles, etc. Unlike hepatitis B, this also can lead to liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, or liver failure causing death.
There is no vaccine available for this infection and there is no cure. Hepatitis C is the main cause of chronic liver disease and is becoming a main reason for liver transplants in adults.
The new study suggests that Hepatitis C virus can probably transmit between crack smokers, who share pipes, as most of the infection is seen in the individuals who are illicit drug users.
Hepatitis D can be seen in those people who are infected with hepatitis B. This virus can be transmitted through unprotected sex or from mother to child. Hepatitis D is also a dangerous infection as this includes two forms of the disease working at the same time.
Hepatitis E is also transmitted through fecal contamination like hepatitis A. This virus is usually seen in Asia, India, and Africa. This infection does not lead to any serious or chronic hepatitis, but when compared to hepatitis A, this infection is slightly more dangerous, particularly for those who are pregnant.
Other viruses are also responsible in causing hepatitis such as varicella virus, Epstein-Barr virus, and many more.
Protect yourself from hepatitis infection by taking necessary precautions such as taking vaccinations and changing lifestyle.
Posted in: Infectious Diseases