Morning Rounds: Hepatitis

The Morning Show

Doctor Nathan Walker from Christie Clinic joins the Morning Show and in this week’s Morning Rounds he is discussing hepatitis, what it is and how to prevent it.

Viral hepatitis, including hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, are distinct diseases that affect the liver and have different hepatitis symptoms and treatments. Other causes of hepatitis include recreational drugs and prescription medications. Hepatitis type is determined by laboratory tests.

In the U.S., all children are advised to receive a series of hepatitis B vaccine before they start school. Kids who live in places with a lot of hep A should get that vaccine. There isn’t a shot for hepatitis C.  There’s also a shot called immune globulin that may prevent infection from some hep A and hep B after you’re exposed. But you have to get it within a couple of weeks. If you think you’ve been exposed, get immune globulin and vaccinations for the viruses as soon as possible.
 

Symptoms:

Loss of appetite
Fatigue
Mild fever
Muscle or joint aches
Nausea and vomiting
Pain in your belly
 

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