Hepatitis (Inflammation of the liver) initially has the same symptoms as the flu: lack of appetite, nausea, fever. The skin turns reddish yellow, the urine brown, and the stool whitish. Hepatitis A, formerly called contagious hepatitis, is always acute and never becomes chronic. People most often meet him when traveling to foreign countries. Water and food contaminated with faeces are the main sources of infection and infected people can pass it on to others if they do not implement strict hygiene measures. Eating shellfish from sewage-contaminated water is a common way of infecting.
The symptoms of hepatitis A are usually mild, especially in children. They usually appear two to six weeks after exposure to the virus. Adult patients are more likely to develop fever, jaundice, and itching that may last from one to several months. Hepatitis A is contagious two to four weeks before symptoms develop and for several days thereafter. People with hepatitis B or C can become carriers of the virus after recovery, even if chronic disease does not develop and symptoms are not present.

The hepatitis B virus, formerly called serum hepatitis, is found in semen, blood and saliva. It is usually spread by blood transfusions, infected needles and sexual contact. Pregnant women with hepatitis B can pass the virus to their baby. The virus can enter through cuts, scratches and other skin injuries. There is also a risk for hospital employees exposed to human blood and blood products, police officers, firefighters, employees of institutions for the mentally ill, prisoners and emigrants from areas where the incidence rate is high. People at increased risk are intravenous drug addicts and homosexuals. Blood controls reduced the risk of infection by transfusion. The virus does not destroy cells directly, but appears to activate immune system cells, which cause inflammation and liver damage. In rare cases, hepatitis B can cause liver cancer.
Symptoms of hepatitis B appear long after the initial infection - usually after 50 to 150 days. Many patients do not feel symptoms or the symptoms are mild and flu-like. About 10% to 20% of patients have fever and rash. Nausea is common. Patients with hepatitis B may have joint pain.

The hepatitis C virus can also be transmitted through blood transfusions, infected needles, and sexually. People at high risk for hepatitis C include intravenous drug addicts, intranasal cocaine addicts, people who have undergone body piercing, and organ transplant recipients. Promiscuity as well as long-term sexual relations with an infected partner appear to increase the risk. The risk increases with the frequency of sexual activity and intimate behavior, such as using a shared toothbrush. Unless the infection in a pregnant woman with this virus is severe, she is unlikely to pass it on to the baby. Thanks to blood controls, the risk of infection by transfusion is now much lower. It can also be transmitted through skin injuries. About 10% to 60% of patients with acute hepatitis C develop a chronic form, which can occur without a previous acute phase.
If they occur at all, symptoms develop about a month or two after a person is infected with hepatitis C. They are usually milder than in hepatitis B. About 75% of patients show no signs of jaundice, and most do not feel any symptoms.

Hepatitis D virus can only multiply when attached to the hepatitis B virus, so hepatitis D cannot exist if the hepatitis B virus is not present. 1-10% of patients with hepatitis B later develop chronic hepatitis and hepatitis B can become chronic. without acute phase.

Hepatitis B and hepatitis C can progress to chronic hepatitis usually without any early acute symptoms. The symptoms of progressive chronic viral hepatitis can be very mild and not stronger than a mild prolongation of acute symptoms over six or more months. In fact, chronic hepatitis C can be present for up to 20 years without causing any obvious difficulties. Some patients develop pain in small joints (such as the hands) that may be almost indistinguishable from the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. In other patients, hepatitis B or C can lead to long-term disability or liver failure before they experience any symptoms.

Patients with viral hepatitis should refrain from sexual activity or take strict precautions if they cannot. Hot water and thorough cleaning of items used by patients is important to prevent the spread of infection. Because hepatitis A is usually transmitted through contaminated food, people infected with the hepatitis A virus should not be involved in preparing food for other people, unfortunately people are most contagious before symptoms appear. No food preparation restrictions are required with other types of hepatitis. All items contaminated with the blood of patients with hepatitis B or C must be handled with special care.


- Try to rest and avoid alcohol for the first few weeks
- Avoid hot spices
- You don’t need to change the menu, but try to avoid foods that burden the liver
- Eat fresh vegetables, especially dandelion salad, artichokes, asparagus, radishes, potatoes, parsley, watercress and apple, blueberry, currant and grape fruits
- Drink three glasses a day of freshly squeezed potato juice diluted with water, and dandelion, artichoke and black radish juices
- Teas made from dandelion root, vine leaves, artichokes and rosemary
- Essential oils of chamomile, lemon and celery
- Apply dressings with the addition of clay, loam on the liver area and change them every two to three hours
- Acupressure


Obligatory visit the doctor.