Hepatitis refers to liver inflammation. The liver is a crucial organ that filters blood, processes nutrients, and fights infections. The function of the liver can be impacted by inflammation or injury. Hepatitis can be brought on by chemicals, drugs, some medical disorders, and heavy alcohol consumption. It, however, is frequently brought on by a virus. Hepatitis A, B, and C are the three most prevalent forms of viral.
Many hepatitis sufferers may not exhibit any symptoms and are unaware of their infection. If an acute infection develops, symptoms may show up anywhere between two weeks and six months following exposure. This can take years to cause symptoms, but acute hepatitis can present with fever, exhaustion, lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach discomfort, dark urine, light-colored feces, joint pain, and jaundice.
Every year on July 28th, there is a global awareness campaign known as World Hepatitis Day to promote understanding of viral Hepatitis, its prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. This day emphasizes the tremendous impact of Hepatitis on the world and calls for coordinated action to fight this curable and preventable illness.
This year’s World Hepatitis Day, with the slogan “One Life, One Liver,” will emphasize the significance of the liver for a healthy life as well as the necessity of stepping up viral hepatitis prevention, testing, and treatment to improve liver health, prevent liver disease, and reach the 2030 hepatitis elimination goals.