Would you know the warning signs of hepatitis if you saw them?
Hepatitis is an infection that causes liver inflammation. There are five different kinds of hepatitis: A, B, C, D and E. There are many ways that you can become infected with hepatitis, from contaminated food to sexual contact (this depends on the type of hepatitis you contract). From the office of our Chicago gastroenterologist, Dr. Darrien Gaston, discover the symptoms of hepatitis and when you should seek medical attention.
Within the first few weeks of being infected, you won’t even know that you have hepatitis. At this point it’s too early to see symptoms. Over time, you may start to notice symptoms such as jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, stomach pains, muscle or joint pain, and a mild fever. These are symptoms that should not be take lightly, as liver damage can occur if hepatitis is left untreated.
If you are noticing any of the symptoms above, it’s important that you see our Chicago GI doctor right away for treatment. If you don’t get treatment for your condition then you could develop cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver.
There are different ways that you can get hepatitis, depending on what form you have contracted:
If you are concerned that you may have hepatitis, give Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants in Chicago, IL, a call today to schedule an appointment. Some forms of hepatitis can be cured, while others can easily be managed with medication. Know how to care for your condition.