What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis is when the liver is inflamed.

Types of hepatitis

There are 5 types of viral hepatitis: A, B, C, D, and E.

  • Hepatitis A is caused by Hepatitis A virus. The virus is in the poop and blood of infected people.
  • Hepatitis B is caused by Hepatitis B virus. The virus is in the body fluids of infected people.
  • Hepatitis C is caused by Hepatitis C virus. The virus is in the blood of infected people.
  • Hepatitis D is caused by Hepatitis D virus. Only people with Hepatitis B can get Hepatitis D. The virus is in the body fluid of infected people.
  • Hepatitis E is caused by Hepatitis E virus. The virus is in the poop of infected people.
What are causes?
  • Hepatitis virus
What are some symptoms?
  • Skin and whites of eyes turn yellow (jaundice)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Joint pain
  • Dark urine
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Fever
What to do?
  • Limit salt
  • Limit fatty foods
  • Limit sugary food
  • Choose a variety of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein
  • Drink at least 8 cups of water
  • Consult a doctor or dietitian before making big changes
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