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What’s the Difference Between Hepatitis A, B, and C?

Did you know there are different types of hepatitis? The three most common are A, B, and C, each named for the specific virus that causes the disease.

Did you know that the most common types of hepatitis are A, B, and C?

Hepatitis A is spread through the stool of an infected person, hepatitis B is spread through bodily fluids, and hepatitis C is spread through blood. It’s important to remember that you can’t get hepatitis just by touching someone who is infected.

To avoid exposure to the disease, wash your hands regularly, wear protective gloves, and never share needles.

Symptoms of Hepatitis

Symptoms of hepatitis can vary depending on the type. Although some people may not experience symptoms at all, important signs to look for include:

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice
  • Abdominal pain
  • General aches and pains
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Joint pain
  • Dark urine
  • Loose, light-colored stool
  • Nausea and vomiting

Treatment for Hepatitis

Treatments vary for each type of hepatitis. Hepatitis A and B may go away on their own within a few weeks. If the infection lasts longer than six weeks, however, you may need medication.

Hepatitis C is more serious and requires treatment. While antivirals have shown success in treating hepatitis C,  they may cause serious side effects.

Read on: What’s the Difference Between Hepatitis A, B, and C?

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