Infections are caused by an invasion of organisms into your body, which creates disease. Bacterial infections happen when bacteria enter your body and either produce a harming substance or attack your tissues. Viral infections happen when a virus is ingested, inhaled, or contracted through sexual activity. The virus invades your cells, takes control, and makes the cells reproduce the virus. Parasitic infections are the result of a parasite entering the body, and fungal infections usually happen after fungal spores are inhaled or land on the skin.
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- What causes infections?
How does hepatitis affect the body?
Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. An inflamed liver can affect people in different ways, causing a loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. Hepatitis A rarely has long-term effects on the body. People with hepatitis A, B, or C may not have early symptoms. However, chronic hepatitis C is the more severe of the hepatitis viruses and a leading cause of liver cancer. Hepatitis can affect the liver's bile production, causing a buildup of yellow-green pigment in the bloodstream, which causes a yellowing of the skin and/or eyes.
How do I manage my infection on a daily basis?
Most infections shouldn't require a long-term lifestyle change, but there are some that can be present in your body for months or even years. In those cases, it's important to continue any treatment, especially drug therapies, as directed by your doctor. Infections can also lower your immune system's ability to fight off other diseases, so it's important to try to keep yourself as healthy as possible so that you don't catch anything else.
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