If you suspect to be infected with hepatitis or just got used to be attentive to their health and watch for any changes in health that can talk about the disease. Basically the symptoms of hepatitis are the result of impaired activity of the liver. So, check if you have excessive weakness and fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, heaviness or discomfort in the right part of the abdomen, darkening of urine, jaundice (change of skin color, language, whites of the eyes). All these signs are listed here in their order of appearance. In the acute form of hepatitis the jaundice is last. However, note that although the jaundice and is considered a sure sign of hepatitis, it can cause other reasons.
Remember that in the chronic form of hepatitis, all these symptoms can be mild and even absent in for an extended period. This chronic hepatitis is not less dangerous, and owing to a lack of symptoms can be detected even when the consequences become irreversible. Therefore, special attention to even the weakest manifestations of the following symptoms, especially prolonged weakness and fatigue, asthenic syndrome. Additionally, you may change the sleep cycle: you receive sleepy in the day that follows a night of insomnia. It may also be lack of appetite, nausea, bloating.
If you experience these symptoms, you must consult a doctor. He will prescribe you the tests needed for accurate diagnosis, which include a test for antibodies and genetic analysis of blood. The second way is more exact but also more expensive. In addition, the doctor may prescribe additional tests, for example, liver ultrasound or biopsy.
Advice 2 : How to identify hepatitis
A disease called "hepatitis" known to the world long ago. This insidious disease attacks the liver and the whole body. Medical studies have shown that the virus that causes hepatitisa is one of the main causes of chronic diseases like cancer and cirrhosis. It enters the virus through contaminated water or dirty hands, or through bodily fluids – saliva, semen and blood. But with proper treatment the disease will not leave in the body of any apparent violations.
Mainly hepatitis reflects the violation and the damage of the liver.
Common symptoms of hepatitisare: fatigue and weakness, loss of appetite, nausea, discomfort and heaviness in the stomach, change the color of urine and feces, jaundice. These characteristics are presented in chronological order. That is, the jaundice in acute hepatitise will appear last. It is considered that jaundice is the main symptom of hepatitisa, but it can be caused due to any other reasons.
For more severe forms of hepatitisand is characterized by a weak intensity of symptoms or their long absence as such. The most typical symptoms are fatigue, prolonged weakness and asthenic syndrome. Sometimes chronic hepatitis be noticed only then how he has evolved too much. The consequences of chronic viral hepatitisand the jaundice and the appearance of ascites and cirrhosis of the liver. The last stage, the brain damage with partial violation of his activities.
To identify hepatitis need to pass such tests as the bilirubin and liver enzymes. With the emergence of hepatitisand these figures rise dramatically. According to some laboratory studies, you can see the process of liver damage and failure functions. The set of results of various analyses, it is possible to do a full analysis of the extent of liver damage and disorder of its functions.
The same tests that reveal the presence of viruses hepatitisa, which are called markers of hepatitis. Today, there are two ways of detection. The first is immunological, and the second genetic. The first detects antibodies that the body produces in response to different parts of the virus. The second determines the presence of genetic material (RNA or DNA) of virus in the blood, most often by PCR. Modern methods of gene diagnostic can not only detect the virus, but also to establish its variety and quantity, which is very important for treatment.