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The ABCs of hepatitis

What is hepatitis? 

Hepatitis is the medical term for inflammation of the liver. The liver can become inflamed for many reasons. These include viral infections, toxic exposures such as alcohol and certain medications, industrial exposures and autoimmune disease. Hepatitis is divided into two classes: acute (meaning the symptoms of hepatitis last less than six months), and chronic (meaning the symptoms of hepatitis last longer than six months). Sometimes hepatitis will present with no symptoms, but commonly it presents with a yellowing of the skin and whites of eyes, decreased or poor appetite, feelings of fatigue, fever, muscle and joint discomfort, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Continue Reading →

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