The liver plays a very important role in the body. Therefore, any abnormalities will greatly affect the liver and will cause inconsistency with its functions.
Hepatitis is the medical term used for the inflammation of the liver. There are five types of hepatitis all over the world. Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. Hepatitis A and E are spread by contaminated food and water, while Hepatitis B and C through sexual intercourse, mother and child during pregnancy and childbirth or through the spread of an infected blood, such as may occur during needle sharing or blood transfusion. Hepatitis D will only affect people who are already affected by Hepatitis B.
The signs and symptoms of hepatitis will vary with each individual. Others may experience symptoms while others dont. Those who experience the symptoms will suffer abdominal pain, tiredness, vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite and the most common is the yellow discoloration of the skin and the whites of the eyes. Hepatitis can be acute or long-term, acute or chronic. Acute hepatitis can usually resolve on its own, or progress to chronic hepatitis or even rarely result in acute liver failure. While the chronic form of hepatitis can lead to scarring of the liver, liver cancer or liver failure.
The causes of hepatitis can be attributed to a virus, bacteria, and parasites. Toxins such as drugs and alcohol abuse can also cause liver injury and inflammation.
The treatment of hepatitis will depend on the type of hepatitis, the severity of the disease and the cause the individual has. Hepatitis A and E does not require hospitalization since it will not progress to a chronic stage. The treatment is more on IV infusion and maintaining adequate nutrition. Hepatitis B is more on medications and drugs, while hepatitis C, B, and D mostly require medications and drugs.
Many people with hepatitis will prefer bed rest and avoid any physical activity while recovering.
If you think you are suffering from Hepatitis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Hepatitis as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).