Viral Hepatitis

Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. Several different viruses cause viral hepatitis, the most common of which are named the hepatitis A, B, and C viruses. All of these viruses can cause acute, or short-term, viral hepatitis. The hepatitis B and C viruses can also cause chronic hepatitis, in which the infection is prolonged, sometimes lifelong.

Symptoms of viral hepatitis include: jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, low-grade fever, light-colored bowel movements, and dark-colored urine. However, some people with viral hepatitis do not have symptoms.
recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis C

decision points
When dealing with an illness or health problem, you have to make decisions—when to call a doctor, which test to have, and what treatment to use. Decision Points are designed to help you learn about your choices and options, and to prepare you to work with your healthcare provider to make the best decision for your care.
Should I Use Antiviral Therapy for Chronic Hepatitis B?
Should I Take Antiviral Therapy for Hepatitis C?
tests & procedures

You doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Alanine Aminotransferase

Alkaline Phosphatase
Antibody Test for Hepatitis A
Aspartate Aminotransferase
Hepatitis C Virus Antibody Test
Hepatitis Virus Tests
Liver Tests for Hepatitis A
Liver Tests for Hepatitis C
Percutaneous Liver Biopsy
Tests for Hepatitis C Virus Genetic Material
Total Serum Protein

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z .


Alcohol Use Problems

Exposure to Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Foodborne Illness
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection
Liver Cancer
Smoking Cessation
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just "click on" your medications to learn what they are used for, how to take them, special precautions, and some of the possible side effects. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

American Liver Foundation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Viral Hepatitis

Hepatitis B Foundation

Hepatitis C Association


Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

Learn more about surfing the web:

Diarrea - [Diarrhea]
Diarrea y vómitos en niños - [Diarrhea and Vomiting in Children]

Gastroenteritis e intoxicación por alimentos - [Stomach Flu and Food Poisoning]

Hepatitis - [Hepatitis]

Problemas con el alcohol y las drogas - [Alcohol and Drug Problems]

Last modified on: 30 June 2015

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