Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver. The liver is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood, and fights infections. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can be caused. However, It is often caused by a virus. The most common viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, B, C, and E.
- It is the most common type. It is caused by one of several viruses, They are viruses A, B, C, D, and E.
- Heavy alcohol consumption is a major cause.
- Toxic hepatitis can be caused by certain poisons, chemicals, medicines, or supplements
- Autoimmune hepatitis is a chronic type in which your body’s immune system attacks your liver. The cause is not known, but genetics and your environment may play a role.
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Joint pain
- Jaundice, yellowing of your skin and eyes
If you have an acute infection, your symptoms can start anywhere between 2 weeks to 6 months after you got infected. If you have a chronic infection, you may not have symptoms until many years later.
Causes of Noninfectious Hepatitis
- Alcohol and Other Toxins: Heavy alcohol consumption causes liver damage and inflammation. This is sometimes referred to as alcoholic hepatitis. The alcohol directly injures the cells of your liver. Over time, it can cause permanent damage and lead to liver failure and cirrhosis, thickening, and scarring of the liver. Other toxic causes of hepatitis include overuse or overdose of medications and exposure to poisons.
- Autoimmune system response: It mistakes the liver as a harmful object and begins to attack it. It causes ongoing inflammation that can range from mild to severe, often hindering liver function. It’s three times more common in women than in men.