Symptoms of hepatitis
Weakness, nausea, headache, vomiting, fever, muscle aches, loss of appetite, drowsiness, dark urine, joint stiffness and pains, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea,
constipation, light-colored stools, and often jaundice (a yellowing of the skin, which will first be noticed in the eyes and mucous membranes). Skin rashes and itching may also occur; the latter is caused by excess bile salts under the skin.
Causes of hepatitis B
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and may be caused by a virus, bacterium, or toxic substance. But, in most instances, the cause is viral. There are actually several main types of hepatitis
Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis): Transmitted by contaminated water, milk, or food, it has an incubation period of 15-45 days. The contagion is highest just before illness begins, so food workers can transmit the disease. Hepatitis A is contagious from 2 weeks to 1 week before the illness starts. It is easily spread by person-to-person contact and through contact with food, clothing, linens, etc. It can be transmitted from animals. Eating shellfish is a good way to get it, even if the waters they live in pass national standards. Recovery generally occurs within 4 weeks. Chronic cases are less likely to occur.
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Hepatitis B (serum hepatitis): Found throughout the world and spread as HIV is—through contact with infected blood (contaminated needles, syringes, blood transfusions) and sexual contact. Six cases have been traced to contaminated acupuncture needles. About 5% of all Americans and 85% of gay men have it. Hepatitis B is very serious. It has an incubation period of 28-160 days (2-6 months), and recovery may require 6 months. All during that time, it can be passed from one person to another. In increasing numbers, cases are reverting to chronic active hepatitis, which can result in liver cirrhosis and death. Hepatitis B is the ninth major killer in the United States.
Hepatitis C: Contracted in the same manner as HIV and hepatitis B, hepatitis C may take 6 months to produce symptoms, yet all that time it can be spread from one person to another. Between 20-40% of all hepatitis, cases are of this type. It accounts for 90-95% of all hepatitis transmitted by blood donations.
Hepatitis E, hepatitis non-A, and hepatitis non-B also exist but are of lesser significance in North America. Hepatitis E is found worldwide and is in epidemic proportions in Africa and Asia, and is becoming a serious problem in Mexico. It is generally contracted from drinking sewage-contaminated water. Such water should be boiled before using.
All of the above are primarily viral forms of hepatitis. But there is also one which is caused by toxic chemicals. It is called toxic hepatitis. The amount to which the liver was exposed to the poisonous chemicals, fumes, drug, etc., determines the amount of damage to that organ.
Overall, there are 40,000-70,000 reported, new cases of hepatitis each year in America. But the experts suspect that there are probably ten times that many which go unreported. It most often occurs in young adults and is highest in teenage girls.
Hepatitis A is decreasing, and hepatitis B is rapidly increasing. It is fourth among the 30 leading communicable diseases.
Home remedies for hepatitis B & food to cure hepatitis b
- Give the patient the type of care for any infectious disease, except that one should keep in mind that some of these hepatitis cases can be highly contagious.
- Give hot fomentations over the liver area for 15 minutes, followed by a cold sponging, concluded by a shower. Do this 4 times each day.
- Most cases of hepatitis are self-limiting and will heal with rest and supportive care.
- Avoid sugar, fat, and alcohol.
- Vitamins B12 and C are important.
- He should have bed rest until the acute stage is past; also he should have initial liquid fasting, followed by a light diet. The patient often has a poor appetite and does not feel like eating, even though he should.
- Drink plenty of water, avoid constipation He should bathe frequently, and wash his hands with soap after every bowel movement. The toilet seat should also be washed after each usage.
- He should not prepare food for others, and his own utensils should be sterilized after each of his meals.
- His linen and clothes should be washed separately.
- In China, 10% of the population has hepatitis at any one time. That is 100 million new cases each year. As one might expect, the rate of liver cancer is quite high there.
A word to the wise:
Gay men often take jobs working in restaurants; yet they have a high rate of hepatitis B and C infections, both of which do not reveal symptoms for weeks or months, during which they can, and do, transmit the infection to customers through the food they handle. Something to think about the next time you want to eat in a restaurant or café.