Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. It’s commonly caused by a viral infection, but there can be other causes, including excessive use of alcohol or drugs or exposure to poisons. In some cases, the body’s immune system mistakes the liver for a harmful object and attacks it, causing inflammation.
There are five types of hepatitis caused by viral infections. Hepatitis A, which is a short-term disease, is commonly transmitted by consuming contaminated food or water. Hepatitis B, C and D can be ongoing, chronic conditions. Hepatitis B and C are transmitted through contact with bodily fluids, usually through having sex with an infected partner or sharing needles during intravenous drug use. Hepatitis D and E are rarely seen in the United States.
If you have chronic forms of the infection, like hepatitis B or C, symptoms may not occur until liver function is affected. Symptoms will appear quickly and include:
Treatment options depend on which type of hepatitis you have, so it’s important to talk to a doctor and get an accurate diagnosis. If you need help, we can help find the right program for you and we can get you answers fast by providing individualized assistance with applications, eligibility screening, and documentation. Visit our Angelina County Connects location at 503 Hill Street, Lufkin or call (936) 633-1442.