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Hepatitis includes acute and chronic hepatitis. Symptoms of acute hepatitis are often fugitive, similar to symptoms of common flu and almost all will disappear after a while. Hence, the patient often pays little attention. For chronic hepatitis, the symptoms are similar but some of other symptoms may appear as the liver has been hurt for a long time.

Symptoms of the hepatitis are not often typical

Acute hepatitis

Like other infectious diseases, the acute hepatitis - commonly caused by virus often goes through three stages:

Early stage: Symptoms in this stage are not specific and similar to the symptoms of flu or other viral diseases. Such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, headache and arthralgia. At the end of this stage, some typical symptoms such as dark urine, pale stools.

Stage of jaundice, yellowing of the eyes begins about 1 to 2 weeks after the early stage and may prolong to 4 weeks. Like the early stage, the patient also has untypical symptoms, but the liver will grow bigger and bigger, block right lobes of the liver, cause abdominal pain or discomfort. Some people may lose weight so fast.

Recovery stage: The symptoms will relieve gradually and it is difficult to be examined through the clinical examination. Most cases of hepatitis A and E will automatically get well within 1 to 2 months. For most patients with hepatitis B, the symptoms will disappear after 3 to 4 months. Very few patients with hepatitis C will recover completely.

Chronic hepatitis

The acute hepatitis is most likely to end within 6 months. The cases of hepatitis that persist after 6 months are called chronic hepatitis. The chronic hepatitis is usually asymptomatic and is only detected through blood tests in health examinations with non-specific symptoms or periodic health checks. Like the process of an inflammatory disease, the patient may develop symptoms on the entity similar to the acute hepatitis, including fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, and arthralgia. Jaundice may appear, but often at the stage of severe hepatitis.

The chronic hepatitis may present symptoms of poor liver function such as acne, hirsutism, amenorrhea in women. The chronic hepatitis may damage the liver, cause the loss of functions of a part of the liver tissue, called cirrhosis. Without treatment, the cirrhosis may lead to other serious diseases threatening to the life such as: Hepatic Encephalopathy (hepatic coma), Hepatorenal Syndrome and even liver cancer.

The liver is an important organ of the body, functions to metabolize all the substances introduced into the body. Therefore, if you have any abnormal symptom such as non-specific symptoms like flu, loss of appetite, fast weight loss, jaundice, dark urine, pale stools, go to medical center for examinations and necessary tests done by doctors. The hepatitis should be detected early and treated timely to avoid permanent damages to the liver as well as the development into life-threatening diseases.

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