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What is hepatitis?

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Hepatitis is a disease that affects the function of the liver. There are three distinct kinds of Hepatitis: A, B and C, all which have their own symptoms and treatments.

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All types of Hepatitis result in a loss of liver function if left untreated. Some symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, dark-colored urine and jaundice. Sometimes, people have no symptoms.

Hepatitis A is caused by unhygienic conditions such as dirty water. Hepatitis B is caused by the Hepatitis B virus and is spread through sexual contact, needle-sharing and from mother to child, as stated by Mayo Clinic. There is a vaccination available for both Hepatitis A and B.

Hepatitis C is considered the most dangerous of the three, as symptoms often do not show up for decades. Hepatitis C is also spread through bodily fluids. There is no vaccine available.

All types of Hepatitis can be cleared from the body with treatment and medical care if caught early enough.

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