Dying of Hepatitis

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What do alcohol, drugs, unprotected sex, body piercings and tattoos have in common? They’re all considered as the things your parents would want you to avoid. However, there’s another connection: They all lead to a potentially deadly liver condition known as hepatitis.

What Do You Mean by Hepatitis?

One of the powerhouses of the body is the liver. This helps metabolize medicines and processes nutrients. Apart from all of that, the liver helps eliminate toxic waste products from the body.  Hepatitis is in fact an inflammation of the liver, yet it is also caused by one of several things - bacterial infection, attack by the body’s immune system on the liver, and liver injury caused by a poison. Nevertheless, hepatitis is primarily caused by a virus. Three of the most common viruses are hepatitis C, hepatitis B, hepatitis A. In the United States, there are still other types of hepatitis virus, like Hep E and D.

There are other hepatitis viruses that are known to mutate. The body finds it difficult to fight against them. In other cases, hepatitis C or B can harm the liver. The patient will have to undergo a liver transplant in order to survive. This option isn’t always successful or available that results in death.

Hepatitis A

The hepatitis A virus is being transmitted by the stool of infected people. They get this liver disease by drinking water or eating food contaminated with feces. You might think that’s disgusting; however, this is less destructive when compared to other hepatitis viruses.

Hepatitis A seldom leads to a permanent liver damage. In just a few weeks, the symptoms go away and the viruses are no longer found in the system of the person. Once a person has finally recovered from this infection, he or she has already immunity to it. This means that he or she no longer gets it again. They will also be protected if they are vaccinated against it.

Hepatitis B

This is an even more serious infection that leads to a medical condition known as liver cancer or cirrhosis. Both can lead to death and severe illness. The virus is being transmitted from one person to another by means of body fluids or blood.

Most people are usually infected with HBV because of unprotected intercourse. Someone might already have the disease and infect another person. They may also share needles that make them at risk of being infected. The needles aren’t sterilized completely, and so that transmits the disease.

Since there’s no effective treatment for hepatitis B, it may lead people to have a condition that lasts until death. Infected people are dying because of this disease since they don’t pay medical attention to it.

Hepatitis C

This virus is being transmitted from one person to another by means of body fluids or blood. Just as is the case with hepatitis C or hepatitis B, this leads to liver cancer or cirrhosis. This is the most common type of hepatitis that results for liver transplants in most adults. Each year, thousands of people are dying from Hepatitis C virus. Sadly, there’s no absolute remedy nor is there a vaccine for hepatitis C.

Thousands of people are currently infected with hepatitis c virus. One of the ways that people are infected is by means of drug paraphernalia like straws and needles. They also get this virus because of unprotected sex.  Prior to the 90’s, a lot of people had it because of blood transfusions. At times, mothers infected with hepatitis C transmit the virus to babies.

There are prescription drugs being used in the treatment of hepatitis C in order to avoid dying from hepatitis. These are proven effective in managing and treating this disease in other people. Nevertheless, the treatments on hepatitis C aren’t exactly the greatest items to consume regularly. They sometimes require repeated injections.

Death and Dying Cases Reported by the Government

Based on a new study, it was revealed that people infected with hepatitis C virus are at the risk of dying. Researchers have found out that people infected with hepatitis C virus are dwindling in numbers. But wait, that’s not because they’re treated, but it’s because of death rates. Thousands of participants have had this infection and with further analysis, researchers found out that the drop in the number wasn’t because they were cured.

A decrease in the number of people with this infection is paired with the increase in the number of patients that get the disease. Surveys about the increased number of death among people with liver disease have been extensive. Some individuals died within months of diagnosis, and they were no longer included from the analysis.

The good news is that the advances in hepatitis C therapy have led to appropriate treatment and care to HCV-infected persons. Thus, it’s crucial to know that hepatitis infection is a serious medical condition. Knowing the things that can put you at risk helps protect patients in all walks of life!

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