Hepatitis Essay

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Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Many illnesses and conditions can cause inflammation of the liver, for example, drugs, alcohol, chemicals, and autoimmune diseases. Many viruses, for example, the virus of Mononucleosis (Mono) and the Cytomegalovirus can inflame the liver. The effects that hepatitis has on the liver is very similar to the effects of alcohol causes, this virus is the leading cause of liver cancer and the common reason for liver transplants. Liver disease has seemed to plague our society for many, many years. Studies have shown that hepatitis and jaundice reports have confirmed that the virus has been an infectious liver disease, as early as the 8th century.

The body’s immune system tries it’s best to fight the virus with cells called lymphocytes, which causes damage to the liver even more. Fibrosis starts to occur in the liver because the liver has been scarred, causing the blood flow to become slower and eventually causes Cirrhosis. Once the blood begins backing up and leaking into other organs, the liver has difficulties in manufacturing proteins, regulating the transport of fat storage, controlling the production and excretion of cholesterol becomes more difficult to do.

Hepatitis comes in five forms: A, B, C, D, and E, where forms A, B, and C are the most common. As you will see, hepatitis has different effects on the liver and the human body if left untreated. All of these viruses cause acute, or short-term, viral hepatitis. The hepatitis B, C, and D viruses can also cause chronic hepatitis, in which the infection is prolonged, becomes lifelong. Chronic hepatitis can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer.
Hepatitis A causes liver disease with symptoms of irri...

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..., we should also stress the importance of safe sex and educate the importance of not sharing our personal items that might be contaminated with blood; such as razors or toothbrushes. Limiting your sexual partners and using latex condoms will cause a reduced rate of the virus being spread sexually, we still struggle with the drug epidemic where users are sharing needles or reusing needles found or shared. Getting tested is the best way to found out exactly what you might have, early detection of the virus can save you years of complications, decrease your liver damage, and help fight the virus if your found to carry it. There are so many deadly viruses in our society, one virus could cause you multiple! So be careful, be responsible, and always wrap up and remember don’t share your personal hygiene products because it’s out their lurking to invade your healthy liver.
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