What You Need to Know About Hepatitis

July 28th has been declared World Hepatitis Day to draw global attention to hepatitis issues. As this date is quickly approaching, Test Smartly Labs thought it was an excellent time to share some of the basic facts about this disease. We invite you to join us in examining the truth about hepatitis so you’ll be armed with the facts to live your healthiest life.

Hepatitis: The Basics

Not All Hepatitis is Viral

Most people don’t know that hepatitis merely means that your liver is inflamed. This can be caused by a viral infection, but it also happens in people who abuse alcohol and/or drugs or who experience a physical trauma. Environmental toxins can also cause hepatitis in certain cases. Most of the time when people refer to hepatitis, they mean a viral strain, like hepatitis B or hepatitis C.

Hepatitis Symptoms

Some kinds of hepatitis, like hepatitis B, are chronic, so there may be no signs until after liver damage has actually occurred. In acute cases, people may experience fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and dark urineSymptoms may include jaundice, including a yellowing of the skin and eyes.

Treatment Options for Hepatitis

Some cases of hepatitis go away on their own, especially when the patient undergoes bed rest and avoidance of alcohol. Other variations can be treated with medication. However, a transplant is sometimes required if there has been liver failure. In any case, following a healthy diet and moderate exercise can help to make hepatitis symptoms more bearable.

Want to Help Stop Hepatitis?

The best way to honor World Hepatitis Day is to do everything you can to protect yourself and those around you from contracting and spreading the disease. You can do this by practicing safe sex, avoiding illegal drugs, and regulate your alcohol use

Another important thing you can do is to get tested for hepatitis at Test Smartly Labs. Minimize your chances of spreading the disease if you are infected. Getting tested also gives you the opportunity to get treatment and make changes to help improve your quality of life. Getting tested is safe and discreet at our comfortable facility.

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