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Viral hepatitis can be both acute (severe and sudden) and chronic (long-developing). However it presents we can help alleviate your symptoms and offer relief.

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What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis refers to the swelling of the liver. There are three types of hepatitis most common in the United States: hepatitis a, hepatitis b and hepatitis c. When your liver becomes infected with one of the hepatitis viruses, it can cause inflammation in your liver, damaging and affecting how your liver functions.

Hepatitis Symptoms

Hepatitis A, B, and C tend to exhibit similar symptoms:

  • Fever

  • Fatigue

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Abdominal pain

  • Dark urine

  • Joint pain

  • Jaundice

However, a lack of these symptoms won’t necessarily mean that one isn’t affected; in all cases, the virus can still be spread even if no symptoms are present.

What are the types of hepatitis?

Transmitted by: consumption of contaminated food or water that has come into contact with infected feces

Average time for symptoms to appear: two to size weeks after exposure, typically lasting around two months

Prevention tactics: vaccination, frequent hand washing

Treatment: hepatitis a tends to resolve on its own, the CDC does not report any special treatments

Transmitted by: bodily fluis through shared contaminated syringes, sexual intercourse with an infected person or from mother to baby

Average time for symptoms to appear: three months from exposure but can range anywhere from six weeks to six months

Prevention tactics: vaccination, cleaning up blood spills with gloves and one part household bleach to 10 parts water per CDC guidelines

Treatment: rest along with adequate nutrition and fluids are recommended

Transmitted by: blood from shared infected needles or contaminated drug-injection equipment

Average time for symptoms to appear: six to seven weeks after exposure but can appear up to six months after exposure

Prevention tactics: cleaning up blood spills with gloves and one part household bleach to 10 parts water per CDC guidelines

Treatment: an acute infection of hepatitis c can clear itself about 25% of the time, but there are also a number of FDA-approved treatments for both acute and chronic hepatitis c

Does WellNow Urgent Care offer hepatitis testing?

Yes, if you present with a bloodborne pathogen exposure (e.g., needlestick, human bite, etc.) and/or risk of infection. A medical provider will discuss your options with you.

Does WellNow Urgent Care offer hepatitis treatment?

Not at this time. If you test positive for a type of hepatitis that requires treatment, a WellNow medical provider will refer you to a specialist.

When should you visit urgent care for hepatitis testing?

If you think you are at risk for hepatitis, WellNow Urgent Care can help. Check in online or walk in to a WellNow location nearest you for testing and treatment.

This medical information has been reviewed for accuracy by Dr. Robert Biernbaum, Chief Medical Officer for WellNow Urgent Care.

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