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Am I at Risk for Hepatitis?

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that in most cases is caused by a virus. This is known as viral hepatitis, and the most common forms are hepatitis A, B, and C.

What are the Hepatitis Symptoms?

The biggest danger with hepatitis in Missouri is that many infected people are unaware of their infection, making testing a must! More often than not Hepatitis will produce no symptoms for long periods of time. Eventually, the virus will begin to attack the liver and cause jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes), fever, loss of appetite, fatigue, dark urine, joint pain, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

Am I at Risk for Hepatitis in Missouri or Kansas?

While there many ways to be exposed to hepatitis, for most people, hepatitis can be easily avoided. The most common way the virus is transferred is through close personal contact or from blood of an infected person. Feces and some bodily fluids can also carry the virus putting nurses, elementary school teachers and people within close proximity to an infected person at risk.

How do I Prevent Hepatitis in Kansas or Missouri?

Vaccinations for hepatitis A and B are available and your best option to reduce your risk of infection. This, combined with washing your hands regularly and avoiding contact with an infected person, are measures to take that will keep you and your family safe.

To further protect yourself from hepatitis exposure, make sure you and your child are vaccinated.  A Signature Medical Group doctor can help you to stay safe with a simple vaccination.  Click here to schedule an appointment today!