What is hepatitis?
Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver and is commonly caused by a virus infection but can also be caused an autoimmune condition or as a result of toxins in the body such as alcohol or drugs. Hepatitis may be acute, in which is lasts less than six months, or chronic where the inflammation lasts longer than six months. There are 5 different types of viral hepatitis - A, B, C, D and E.
Usually acute hepatitis often presents no noticeable symptoms, but if symptoms do develop they can include the following:
- Yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice)
- Flu-like symptoms
- Pale stools
- Dark urine
- Unexplained weight loss
- Joint and muscle pains
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
Learn more about hepatitis:
Everything you need to know about hepatitis A
Everything you need to know about hepatitis B
Everything you need to know about hepatitis C