Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver, usually caused by a virus. There are several specific viruses that lead to the identified strains of hepatitis, including A, B, C, E and delta. Other potential causes of hepatitis include autoimmune disorders or alcohol abuse. A gastroenterologist can determine the precise cause and treatment of hepatitis and other liver disorders.
Some causes of hepatitis include:
• Overdoses of acetaminophen, or Tylenol
• Autoimmune issues, when immune cells attack the liver
• Fatty liver disorder
• Infections by Hepatitis A, B, or C viruses, parasites, or bacteria
• Liver damage due to drugs or alcohol
Every case of hepatitis is different, although the symptoms may be similar. These symptoms include jaundice, the yellowing of the eyes or skin. Other symptoms include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, pale stools, dark urine, itching, loss of appetite and low fever. Some types of hepatitis are more readily treatable than others, and it is important to carefully manage and protect the liver from further damage.