Hepatitis A Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Hepatitis A Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
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What is cirrhosis? Cirrhosis is a disease where the liver becomes scarred over time from chronic inflammation and liver cell damage. Cirrhosis can be caused by a variety of diseases, with alcohol abuse and viral hepatitis being some of the most common. This video discusses the cellular mechanism behind fibrotic tissue generation and the pathophysiology of a cirrhotic liver. It also covers some of the major complications, as well as clinical signs and symptoms.
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Understand key differences between the main acute and chronic liver diseases with this clear explanation from Dr. Roger Seheult.
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Hepatitis B virus infect hepatocytes. Hepatitis B is an infectious inflammatory illness of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) that affects hominoidea, including humans. Originally known as “serum hepatitis”, the disease has caused epidemics in parts of Asia and Africa, and it is endemic in China.About a third of the world population has been infected at one point in their lives,including 350 million who are chronic carriers.
The virus is transmitted by exposure to infectious blood or body fluids such as semen and vaginal fluids, while viral DNA has been detected in the saliva, tears, and urine of chronic carriers. Perinatal infection is a major route of infection in endemic (mainly developing) countries. Other risk factors for developing HBV infection include working in a healthcare setting, transfusions, and dialysis, acupuncture, tattooing, extended overseas travel and residence in an institution.However, Hepatitis B viruses cannot be spread by holding hands, sharing eating utensils or drinking glasses, kissing, hugging, coughing, sneezing, or breastfeeding.
The acute illness causes liver inflammation, vomiting, jaundice and, rarely, death. Chronic hepatitis B may eventually cause cirrhosis and liver cancer—a disease with poor response to all but a few current therapies. The infection is preventable by vaccination.
Hepatitis B virus is an hepadnavirus—hepa from hepatotropic (attracted to the liver) and dna because it is a DNA virus—and it has a circular genome of partially double-stranded DNA. The viruses replicate through an RNA intermediate form by reverse transcription, which practice relates them to retroviruses.Although replication takes place in the liver, the virus spreads to the blood where viral proteins and antibodies against them are found in infected people.
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¿Que es la hepatitis? – Sintomas – Remedios caseros y naturales para la hepatitis. La hepatitis es la inflamación del hígado. Aunque la hepatitis puede ser el síntoma de muchas enfermedades, incluyendo las enfermedades autoinmunes, que suele ser causada por una infección viral.
Hay cinco tipos principales de hepatitis viral – A, B, C, D y E. De ellos, la hepatitis A, B y C son los tipos más comunes en los Estados Unidos, según los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades.
¿Que es la hepatitis? – Sintomas – Remedios caseros y naturales para la hepatitis
La hepatitis, como su nombre lo indica, tiene a menudo síntomas que afectan a las funciones del hígado. Las personas infectadas pueden experimentar síntomas leves, como náuseas y pérdida del apetito, o problemas más graves como ictericia y daño hepático.
La hepatitis A y E son las infecciones agudas normalmente transmitidas a través de alimentos o agua contaminada con materia fecal, según la Organización Mundial de la Salud. Las fuentes primarias de la hepatitis A y E son los virus por comida cruda o poco cocida, comida a cargo de personas que no se han lavado bien las manos y el agua contaminada por desechos animales o humanos.
La hepatitis B, C y D suele ser contraída a través de fluidos corporales infectados, como al compartir agujas contaminadas, transfusiones de sangre o procedimientos médicos invasivos con equipos contaminados. La hepatitis B también puede contraerse a través del contacto sexual o de una madre infectada a su bebé durante el parto.
¿Que es la hepatitis? – Sintomas – Remedios caseros y naturales para la hepatitis
Diagnóstico y pruebas
La infección hepática aguda se sospecha cuando los pacientes tienen síntomas como ictericia y fatiga. Los análisis de sangre pueden entonces ser usados para determinar la presencia y cantidad de virus de la hepatitis y los anticuerpos en el cuerpo. El médico puede sugerirle hacer una biopsia de hígado si se sospecha de hepatitis B y C crónica y hay una posibilidad de daño al hígado.
Dado que se puede producir daño en el hígado antes de que aparezcan los signos y síntomas manifiestos, las proyecciones de rutina para la hepatitis B y C son recomendables para personas que tienen un alto riesgo de entrar en contacto con el virus. La comprobación periódica se recomienda a los usuarios de drogas inyectables, los hombres que tienen sexo con otros hombres, las personas que toman medicamentos inmunosupresores, los pacientes VIH-positivos y su hogar y las mujeres embarazadas.
Cirrhosis is definitely something to worry about considering that it is at least in the top 12 leading causes of death by disease. With that, it’s just right to understand its nature to ensure that you won’t be a part of the statistics.
There are a variety of causes of cirrhosis of the liver. The most common of which are alcohol abuse and hepatitis C as well as fatty liver related to diabetes or obesity. In fact, anything that harms your liver should be avoided.
The liver has a number of basic functions which include the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. It is also responsible for storing minerals, vitamins and glycogen as well as the production of bile. Most importantly, it helps in taking out drugs, alcohol, hormones, cholesterol, and other harmful toxins away from your body.
Cirrhosis of the liver begins to progress very slowly. During this process, scar tissue replaces healthy liver tissue. This can lead to a number of liver malfunctions if it goes without treatment.
This causes confused thinking and a variety of mental changes. It occurs most often when cirrhosis has been present within the liver for quite a long time. The liver usually detoxifies the body of toxins that are produced by the intestines, but once cirrhosis develops in the liver, it cannot start its cleaning function for the body. As a result, the toxins that slip through find their way to the bloodstream and may cause behavioral changes, confusion and possibly even coma.
2. Variceal Bleeding
Portal hypertension is the cause of variceal bleeding. Portal hypertension is an increase in pressure inside the portal vein. The function of the portal vein is to carry blood to the liver from the digestive organs. The increase in pressure of the portal vein is caused by a blood flow blockage through the liver, causing the enlargement of other veins throughout the body, most commonly in those of the esophagus and stomach. The enlargement causes the veins to become fragile and begin to bleed easily which causes fluid in the abdomen and hemorrhaging.
3. Liver Cancer
More than half of liver cancer patients have also been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. Each year, about 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with this unfortunate liver condition. Liver cancer causes weakness, fever, yellowing of the eyes and skin, bloating, and many more symptoms. Treatments are currently limited and are only possible if the cancer has been found early. One treatment includes liver transplants although this is only possible if the cancer has not spread.
The effects associated with having cirrhosis is obviously a serious and scary thing. So when you’re young and still enjoying a healthy liver, you must do your best to take care of your liver as much as possible. Simple acts such as abstaining from alcohol will let you go a long way. On the other hand, if you already have cirrhosis, you must do what needs to be done to make your life more comfortable. Make sure to follow your doctor’s advice as they only want the best for you.
Liver disease symptoms can be painful and debilitating. More importantly though, liver disease symptoms can point to a serious problem with this vital organ. If you are experiencing liver disease symptoms like these, seek professional medical assistance.
How Do I Know If I Have Cirrhosis?
Sometimes, liver cirrhosis diagnosis can be done quite easily. A clear description of your symptoms and medical history and a physical examination results are enough to determine whether you are suffering from a case of cirrhosis.
After diagnosis, for your physician to understand and evaluate the extent of your condition may order one or more liver function tests. These tests use blood samples to determine the general health of the liver and identify whether there are any specific diseases.
The doctor may also order other tests to evaluate further the extent of cirrhosis and the damage it may have caused – these include CT scan, ultrasound, besides tissue samples and other, more specific blood tests. Additionally, the doctor may also need a liver biopsy. If this is the case, a needle is inserted into the liver, to draw out a tissue fragment. The tissue fragment is then applied for lab analysis.
What Are The Treatments for Cirrhosis?
The easiest and best to solve any problem, as with cirrhosis, is to nip it in the bud. If the cause of the condition is identified and corrected, there is a fair chance that it could solve your problem. The process could involve giving up alcohol, getting yourself treated for viral hepatitis or a genetic disorder (if any), editing your diet, or even removing certain substances from your environment that may be harming you. While these measures may not cure the disease, they can certainly prevent them from progressing further. Additionally, even when the conditions can’t be cured, medications help put them into remission.
Conventional treatment helps correct any otherwise complications, such as internal bleeding, which can be life-threatening just by itself.
If alcoholism itself is the cause of your cirrhosis, the only correct course of action is to stop any and all alcohol consumption with immediate effect. Continuing to drink after being diagnosed with cirrhosis gives you a less than 40% chance of living for the next five years while stopping will increase the odds to 60%-70%. Additionally, giving up alcohol is the most appropriate way to remedy alcohol-induced fatty liver and alcoholic hepatitis, which clear up when the patient stops drinking for a long time that causes the liver to heal.
Conventional treatment of viral hepatitis-induced cirrhosis entails plenty of rest, adequate nutrition and the possible use of drug interferon and antiretroviral medicines. Interferon, when combined with the antiviral ribavirin, can improve cure chances. However, it should be noted that some types of hepatitis simply cannot be cured.
Doctors usually prescribe medications that make the body get rid of any all accumulated copper – the consumption might be a life requirement. In case the patient suffers from hemochromatosis, the best course of treatment is to dispose of the excess iron by drawing blood from the patient once or twice a week, depending on the requirement, a process that may continue up to two years, or till the iron level reaches it normal range. After that, treatment continues every two to four months.
In the case of severe cirrhosis, the patient may need a liver transplant. However, transplants are normally regarded as a measure of last resort for many reasons. Transplants are not appropriate for all – firstly, the patient may be too young, old, or even too sick to sustain even the procedure. Secondly, people whose cirrhosis are caused by alcohol abuse need to demonstrate a long period of abstinence before the operation, partly due to the concern of doctors who are hesitant to transplant a liver if they think the patient may just ending up abusing it again.
Proper, adequate nutrition plays a detrimental role in cirrhosis treatment. A balanced diet can help with regenerating cells in the intact portion. A balanced diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, grains, milk and protein. However, it should also be noted that those suffering from cirrhosis should monitor their protein intake, as too less protein can slow cell regeneration, which too much protein raise ammonia levels in the bloodstream, which may lead to mental impairment. In this, regard, it is best to consult your doctor or nutritionist to determine the amount of protein that is appropriate for you.
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The cirrhosis treatment goal is to slow the progression of liver scar tissue and prevent or treat symptoms if any. This treatment is dependent upon the cause and extent of liver damage. Hospitalisation is a must in case the liver damage is severe.
Treatment for the underlying cause of cirrhosis
In its early stages, it is possible to minimize cirrhosis-induced liver damage by simply treating the immediate underlying cause. These include the following options:
Treatment for alcohol dependency
For those people where the cause of cirrhosis is alcohol abuse, trying to stop drinking is the best course of action. In case you are facing difficulties in this regard, your doctor may recommend a treatment program for ridding your alcohol addiction.
Losing weight and controlling blood sugar levels can help those suffering from cirrhosis caused by non-alcoholic fatty liver disease become healthier.
Medications to control hepatitis: Medications can help control damage to liver cells caused by hepatitis B or C.
Medications to control other causes and symptoms of cirrhosis
Medications can slow the progression of some types of liver cirrhosis. For instance, people with diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis in the earliest stages and treated for the same may never experience symptoms at all.
Other medication aims to relieve patients with certain symptoms include: itching, fatigue, and pain. Additionally, nutritional supplements may also be prescribed to counter against cirrhosis-associated malnutrition as well as osteoporosis (weak bones).
Treatment for complications of cirrhosis
Your doctor will work to treat any and all cirrhosis-related complications. These include:
Excess fluid in your body: Edema or ascites can be managed with low-sodium in the diet and medication to prevent any fluid build-up. In the case of severing fluid build-up, other procedures to drain the fluid, or surgery to relieve pressure may be required.
Blood pressure medicines can control the pressure in the veins that supply the liver (portal hypertension) and prevent severe bleeding. The doctor, here, will perform upper endoscopy at certain regular intervals to find enlarged veins in the stomach (varices) or esophagus that might bleed.
You may require medication to reduce or stop the risk of bleeding if you have varices. However, if you cannot tolerate medication or show signs that your varices are likely to bleed, you may require a procedure called band litigation to stop the bleeding. In more severe cases, you may need a Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) – which is a small vein tube that can be placed to reduce the blood pressure in your liver.
Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics and other treatments for infections, which may include vaccinations for pneumonia, hepatitis, and influenza.
Increased liver cancer risk
Your doctor may further prescribe periodic blood tests and ultrasound tests to determine whether you have liver cancer.
Hepatic encephalopathy: Prescription for medications would help reduce toxin build-up in the blood caused due to poor liver function.
A liver transplant is a procedure that entails the replacement of the existing liver with a healthy one. The liver contribution can either be from a diseased donor or may be a part of a liver from a living donor. In those cases where the cirrhosis has moved to an advanced stage, where it has ceased to function altogether, a liver transplant may seem to be the only viable option. Cirrhosis is the most common reason for the requirement of a liver transplant. Take a look a http://www.cirrhosismedication.com for details.
It should be noted, however, that liver transplant, being a measure of last resort, require extensive training to ensure that the candidate is in perfect health condition to sustain the operation. Also, transplant centers also require a long period of abstinence from alcohol, typically six months before the procedure for people with the alcohol-related liver disease.
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There is no other organ in the body that performs a wider variety of jobs than the lliver. It helps blood to clot, removes toxins, produces bile, aids in maintaining blood sugar levels and regulates several different hormones.
Fatty liver, Hepatitis C, and alcohol abuse are the most common causes of cirrhosis of the liver in the United States. Women are at greater risk of cirrhosis from drinking than men. The reason for this is unclear. However anything that causes damage to the liver can cause cirrhosis. Obesity, uncontrolled diabetes, chronic viral infections of the liver and repeated heart failure are just a few things that may cause your liver to be damaged.
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Although cirrhosis cannot be cured, your doctor may prescribe several medications to treat your cirrhosis which can slow the progression of liver disease. In addition to medications that treat cirrhosis, there are also several medications that aid in the treatment of complications that may arise from cirrhosis. Complications may include kidney failure, reduced oxygen to the blood, diabetes, excessive bleeding and bruising etc. It is important to keep all scheduled follow up appointments with your doctor. It is important to treat any or problems as they arise in order to prevent further complications.
There are medications to treat the causes of cirrhosis. For example, the medication Disulfiram, Naltrexone, and Acamprosate treat cirrhosis of the liver caused by alcohol abuse. These drugs will cause you to experience a negative reaction, or hangover type symptoms that are much worse than the usual hangover symptoms. Other medications to treat the causes of cirrhosis include antiviral medications, corticosteroids, and metal chelating agents.
Most medications are directed at treating the complications that arise from cirrhosis. Medications to treat the complications of cirrhosis include antibiotics such as Ciprofloxacin, Vitamin K, blood coagulation medications, diuretics, beta blockers and laxatives. Additional medications may be prescribed for itching and infections as well as blood pressure medicine to lower the blood pressure and reduce the risk of internal bleeding.
There are also many different multivitamin/mineral supplements that may be recommended by your doctor. Taking multivitamins/minerals will help correct any deficiencies in your diet that may have developed as a result of liver disease. If alcohol consumption on a regular basis occurred than your doctor may also prescribe additional thiamine and folate. As always, consult with your doctor or a registered dietician before beginning a supplement routine.
If you are taking medications it is important to take them as directed. You should not change the amount of the medication or the schedule. It is good to know what possible side effects could occur as a result of taking the medication and you should always talk to your doctor prior to discontinuing any of your medications. Plan ahead for refills, especially if you are going to be on vacation. Additionally, medications can become dangerous when they are mixed. Talk to your doctor about all medications you are taking including any over the counter products.
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The liver has been identified as providing more than 500 functions in the body. Some of the more well-known functions of the liver include regulating most of the chemicals in the blood, excreting bile which helps carry waste products from the body, regulating blood clotting and resisting infections by producing immune factors and removing bacteria from the bloodstream. There are several diseases that can affect the liver’s ability to perform these vital functions. They include Viral Hepatitis, Alcoholic Liver Disease, Liver Cancer, Cholestatic Liver Disease, Fatty Liver Disease, Autoimmune Liver Diseases, Drug induced Liver Injury and Liver Transplant.
Liver therapy treatments vary and depend on which type of disease is affecting the liver. For example, viral hepatitis usually consist of weekly injections to stimulate the body’s immune system and oral medications, while alcoholic liver disease treatment is aimed mostly at maintaining abstinence from alcohol. Cirrhosis of the liver is often treated with Corticosteroids along with other medications that reduce the inflammation of the liver, and diuretics which help remove excess fluid.
Lifestyle change is another very important aspect of liver therapy treatment. Maintain a special diet that is low in protein. A diet low in protein will reduce the risk of toxins that may build up in the body due to the livers reduced ability to process protein correctly. Your diet should consist of high-carbohydrates and avoid salt. Sodium causes fluid build-up and swelling in the liver. Also avoid eating shellfish if you have cirrhosis of the liver. Shellfish can contain a bacterium which can cause a serious infection. The second most important lifestyle change you can make to improve the health of your liver is to lose weight. Obesity, either by itself or with other factors is can cause cirrhosis of the liver.
Many home remedies and supplements offer another option for treating problems with the liver. Some commonly used herbal remedies include licorice root, Tumeric, flaxseeds and also eating an abundance of vegetables such as beets, cabbage, and broccoli.
Liver Cleanses are another popular treatment. Many are naturally supported daily cleanses rather than a harsh cleanse used once or twice a year. Many contain three powerful herbs that help detoxify the liver, milk thistle, dandelion, and reishi.
A more recent liver therapy is YHK. It is a natural liver treatment that can aid in normalizing liver functions for people who have liver disease, by enhancing the growth and repair of damaged liver cells. Incidentally, YHK therapy is also suitable for people who want to maintain liver health. It is a combination of herbs that prevent chronic inflammation and fibrosis, serves as an anti-inflammatory, enhances the immune system and normalizes the ALT and AST levels in the blood.
There are many options for taking care of your liver and thus your health. It is important to check with your doctor prior to beginning any type of liver treatment. Always gather information from different sources and, with the assistance of a dietary specialist or a medical professional, choose the option that works best for you.
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This video, created by Nucleus Medical Media, describes Hepatitis A and B. This animation begins by showing a healthy liver and explaining its function. The animation then goes on to explain the causes of Hepatitis A and B, how these viruses may be transmitted, the effects the virus can have on the liver as well as possible treatments.
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