What is Hepatitis?
Hepatitis is a liver disease caused by virus. It is of many types but types A, B and C are more common having different effects on the body. The treatment for each type is also different. All types are infectious and can travel from one person to another. When this virus attacks the liver, it causes dysfunction of this important organ.
Hepatitis A (Jaundice)
In case of hepatitis A, the dysfunction becomes prominent much sooner than other types. This type can affect persons of all ages, both males and females. It is also called jaundice in common language. As result of the infection, the liver becomes inflamed and the level of billirubin in the blood rises above normal (normal range being 0.1-1.0 mg%).
Common Causes of Hepatitis A
- Bad personal hygiene.
- Improper sanitation
- Incorrect medication
- Use of infected water, food or utensils
- Intimate contact with the infected person
- Using belongings of the infected person like towel, handkerchief, blades etc.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A (Jaundice)
- The entire body including nails and sclera (whites of the eyes) becomes yellow. In fact every visible organ where the blood circulates becomes yellow. The only thing left out is the hair because there is no blood circulation in them. The affected person looks bloodless. Even the urine becomes dark yellow. This yellowish appearance of hepatitis is different to pale look due to anemia.
- In most cases the stool also becomes yellow.
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting (not always)
- Diarrhea (not always)
- Lethargy due to general weakness
- Continued low fever (in most cases but not always)
- In certain cases the skin may not be very yellow but level of bilirubin in the blood may still be above normal. If other symptoms exist, it would be better to consult the doctor and have the blood tested.
Prevention of Hepatitis A
Preventive measures for all types of hepatitis are nearly the same. Some important measures are:
- Never forget to wash your hands before taking meals.
- Always wash your hands with soap after using the toilet whether you are going for meals or not.
- Avoid eating from unhygienic places.
- Do not use personal care items of infected person like tooth brush, shaving blade, towel, handkerchief etc.
- Use boiled water as far as possible.
- Avoid sexual contact with infected person.
- Never use used syringe.
- Do not receive dental treatment from unclean dentists. Such dentists are said to be the main source of spreading hepatitis.
- Do not receive blood from habitual donors.
- Do not donate blood if you are infected.
- Think of the risk involved if you are considering body piercing like nose and ears etc.
Treatment of Hepatitis A
“Hepatitis A” yields much quicker than all other types and can be easily treated by any medical system. The affected person is generally advised to have complete bed rest and take plenty of liquids. “Hepatitis” A is not considered as dangerous as other types. The apparent symptoms usually clear off in about a week or so but a confirmatory test would be necessary to check whether level of bilirubin has dropped to within permissible limits or not. If it has not or is taking too long to drop, you might like to consider homeopathic treatment. Proper medical treatment would be necessary otherwise the liver function might get seriously disturbed. It is said that if a person has had “Hepatitis A” once, he/she cannot get it again. It is also said that there is no long-term infection.
Jaundice of the new born babies is quite common but in most cases it is easy to treat. Homeopathy can do it effectively.
Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Causes
Hepatitis C is caused by Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by Hepatitis B virus (HBV). As compared to Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B is less commonly found. Hepatitis C, B and "A" are all contagious. As soon as the virus infects a person, short-term symptoms that appear are usually not very alarming. As a result it does not even occur to many persons that Hepatitis C virus has infected them. As the disease advances, the symptoms start becoming noticeable. Untreated hepatitis can cause permanent damage to the liver and be fatal.
Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C Symptoms
Immediately after infection (initially) there might be mild or no abnormal symptoms at all. Unlike Hepatitis A, the body usually does not become yellow. If the symptoms do appear, they might include:
- General weakness without any apparent cause
- Easy fatigue. Soreness of muscles as if overworked.
- Abdominal pain without any apparent cause
- Undue heat and itching of skin
- Dark yellow urine of high specific gravity
- Sickly appearance of face
- Sometimes the skin may look as if jaundiced
- Finally, what happens in case of hepatitis B, happens in case of hepatitis C as well.
If the initial acute symptoms go unnoticed or unattended, one may reach the chronic stage without noticeable symptoms. The disease may thus remain undetected for years till it is detected accidentally, when donating blood or having a medical check up as requirement for a particular job or travel abroad. In the advanced, chronic and replicative stage, most of the following symptoms may appear.
- Gastritis, loss of appetite and weight loss accompanied by fatigue start becoming noticeable. Nausea and vomiting may become frequent.
- Anxiety, dark urine, edema of different limbs, hypertension, frequent or continued headache and discomfort in liver region and feelings of general discomfort are among commonly found symptoms.
- With further advancement, hemorrhages may occur, which may be quite severe and intense at times. Gradually the liver starts shrinking (liver cirrhosis). Ascites also starts developing at this stage. This is close to the last stage.
- Other symptoms may be different for different individuals but kidney-related symptoms are generally common among the cases of hepatitis B. In the advanced stages of the disease, kidney failure and liver cirrhosis are quite frequent.
Consider a medical check up. In case the infection is found, go for the treatment without unnecessary delay.
Homeopathic Treatment for Hepatitis
- Modern medical system has the vaccine for protection against Hepatitis B but once a person is affected and becomes HBV+, the vaccination becomes ineffective. If you live in or happen to visit high risk areas, consider vaccination for Hepatitis B. Even if you have been vaccinated, do not lose sight of preventive measures.
- There is no preventive vaccine yet for hepatitis C.
- Persistent anger, mental tension, worries and sadness also provoke Hepatitis. Try to remain calm and cheerful.
Modern medical system does not consider Hepatitis B curable but they have the treatment for hepatitis C, which is very expensive though. The medicines used to treat hepatitis C are said to have significant side effects as well. The success rate is also not very appreciable. While treating hepatitis, the entire focus of modern science is on killing the virus, not on stopping its production and multiplication, which frequently leads to ineffectiveness (failure) of the treatment. Unless generation of new virus is checked and the viral load is reduced to zero, the disease should not be considered cured. With viral load anything above zero, chances of the disease popping up once again cannot be ruled out. At times a person may be HCV+ but he/she is not advised to commence the treatment on the plea that the virus is inactive.
Homeopathy has plenty of medicines to cure hepatitis. However, if hepatitis has already aggravated to the stage where ascites has set in, the treatment becomes complicated. Therefore, the treatment must be started as soon as possible.