What is hepatitis?

The word hepatitis means an inflammation of the liver without stating a specific cause, and that inflammation is usually a symptom of an illness or a condition.

Your liver is one of your body’s powerhouse organs: it helps process nutrients, metabolise medicines, and clear the body of toxic waste products. It forms part of your body’s detox system, and it does a very good job of it if you look after it.

Hepatitis can be caused by many things, such as a bacterial or viral infection, poison, or even an attack on the liver by the body’s own immune system. Find out more about the three most common hepatitis viruses on the Hello Doctor blog.

Some forms of hepatitis, such as hepatitis B, can be caused by long-term use of alcohol or other toxic substances, and there are vaccinations available for hepatitis A and B.

See more: Hepatitis B Animation

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