Hepatitis symptoms may subside after a few days or weeks and complete recovery can occur within a few weeks. Acute hepatitis rarely has complications or causes damage to the liver. Complications can occur with chronic hepatitis. Constant or frequent episodes of liver inflammation can damage liver tissue. Long-term hepatitis can lead to liver failure or liver cancer, and the need for a liver transplant. In some cases, hepatitis can cause fluid buildup in the abdomen causing tissue in the abdomen to swell.
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- What health complications are associated with viral hepatitis?
What increases my risk for hepatitis?
Your risk of hepatitis increases if you are a healthcare worker in the field of dentistry, medicine, and rehabilitative care, including nursing homes. Intravenous drug users and people who have unprotected sex and/or multiple sexual partners also run a higher risk of becoming infected with a hepatitis virus. Other factors that can increase your risk of hepatitis include the following:
- contact with infected saliva from shared eating utensils or drinking ware
- contact with infected blood (needles, shared razors, toothbrushes, etc.)
- travel to areas in the world where hepatitis is common
- give or receive tattoos
- receive an organ transplant
- drink contaminated water or eat contaminated foods
- share items or eat food handled by someone who hasn't washed their hands after using the bathroom
- using or abusing alcohol
- family member with recent hepatitis A
- blood transfusion before 1990
Mothers infected with hepatitis B or C can pass the infection onto their newborn during birth. People with HIV or AIDS and other autoimmune disease also have a higher risk of becoming infected with a hepatitis virus.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Will hepatitis A or E affect my way of life?
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
If you've had acute hepatitis A or E, your doctor is likely to recommend that you avoid any alcohol intake. Hopefully, you'll become more aware of clean hygiene practices. In truly drastic scenarios, you could be the recipient of a liver transplant, which of course will have other effects on your life.
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